From the bivouac of Arequipa, the "Ciudad Blanca" located on the banks of the river Chili, has started the fourth stage of this edition of the Dakar that accompanied the crews of the rally to Tacna (and to Moquega for motorcycles) after 664 km of which 352 of special test. This stage Marathon, the first of two planned in Dakar 2019 without the possibility of mechanical assistance if not the one authorized among competitors, unfortunately proved unlucky for some Xtreme Plus crews forced to leave the field in advance.
To keep high the colors of the French team of Gorrevod was the Polish Maciej Domzala, sailed by Rafal Marton, who brought the Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo at the end of the special stage Arequipa-Tacna crossing the finish line in 8h26'52" in 22nd position, result that now sees the crew #376 in the provisional general classification at the 22nd place with 23h30'15". An excellent result for Domzala who celebrated his birthday in the Tacna bivouac.
Team Manager Marco Piana, sailed by the Swiss Steven Griener reached the bivouac of Tacna, ranking 46th among the cars in the T1 category with a time of 9h42'59".
Eric Abel & Christian Manez driving their RZR 1000 Turbo #341 had to return to the bivouac of Arequipa after having damaged their Polaris at km 22 of the special test, colliding at a high speed against a stone hidden in the fech-fech: after trying to repair the vehicle for over 2 hours, they have reached the CP6 and abandoned the SS because unable to continue.
Some problems with the engine also for the other French team, Ronald Basso and Julien Menard, forced in the morning to return to Arequipa after a few kilometers from the start; the Mexican Santiago Creel Garza Rios, sailed by the Polish Szymon Gospodarczyk, could not leave for the marathon stage Arequipa-Tacna following the damage reported after a roll-over in the dunes during the third stage from San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa.
Despite the many difficulties related to the rally, the 4 Polaris equipped with the CST tires have proven to be very performing on all types of terrain faced thanks to the technical characteristics that make these tires suitable for sand as well as for areas with stony and uneven ground.
The team's mechanics are now working to get the 3 vehicles back on track after the day of rest expected in Arequipa for January 12th.
In the fifth stage of Friday 11, the second Marathon scheduled in this 41st edition of the Dakar, the two crews Xtreme + (Domzala and Piana) will leave from the Tacna bivouac to return to Arequipa after covering 714 km total of which 452 special stage.
Source: Xtreme+ press release, photo credits: RallyZone