Dakar: Kleinschmidt takes stage four

Jutta Kleinschmidt stole the show on stage four of the Dakar Rally to beat her male rivals

Dakar: Kleinschmidt takes stage four

After more than 286km and 140 minutes of racing the German driver beat favourite Jean-Louis Schlesser by just six seconds.

Speaking after today's stage she said, 'It is obviously a pleasure to win a special, even by so little.

'My target is to pick up one place overall per day. If I manager to do that every day until the end I'll be well placed.

'That said, for me, the two Schlesser buggies and Peterhansel's Mega have to be the favourites. The Mitsus might be better over certain types of going but overall those three seem to have the edge.'

Shinozuka continues to lead the overall rally, despite finishing eighth on stage four.

Jean-Louis Schlesser - second on stage four - is presently third overall, behind Jean-Pierre Fontenay.

Stage four results:















































Pos


Driver


Time


1


Kleinschmidt


2h 20.45


2


Schlesser


2h 20.51


3


Saby


2h 21.16


4


Servia


2h 21.35


5


De Lavergne


2h 21.51


6


Sousa


2h 22.02


7


Peterhansel


2h 22.09


8


Shinozuka


2h 22.46


9


Wambergue


2h 22.58


10


Masouka


2h 23.03




Overall placings:














































Overall pos


Driver


Time


1


Shinozuka


10h 39.42


2


Fontenay


10h 44.42


3


Schlesser


10h 46.34


4


Masouka


10h 47.03


5


Peterhansel


10h 50.36


6


De Lavergne


10h 53.32


7


Servia


10h 54.37


8


Sousa


10h 57.42


9


Kleinschmidt


10h 58.31


10


Saby


10h 57.36

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