Stage 4 – wednesday, january 5th
Link San Salvador de Jujuy - Calama, 344 miles, Special 129 miles
Short Special on Wednesday for the competitors on this fourth stage : a link of 344 miles to finish the course on a timed section of only 129 miles.
The Dakar temporarily leaves Argentina and enters Chile. At this step, the vehicles move on a stony ground. The dunes are near.
Enough to allow our two friends, Jean-Luc Blanchemain and Jean Brucy, to make again a better time than yesterday. But it suggests that the chapter “fuel” has not said its last word !
"We fell out of fuel at 11 miles from the arrival” says the pilot with a tone half angry, half-humorous, given their first problem in this matter. "An aluminum connector leading to the tank ruptured certainly passing on a rock, scaring the precious liquid of the tank ..." continued his co-pilot to explain the cause, this time, beyond their control.
The procedure of having to wait for an internal rescue of the race, via the assistance of Team MD Racing, Hervé Toscano-Pascal Gambillon (No. 402) - (otherwise an “out race” can be required) made them save forty precious minutes. "We have transferred from their tank into ours, the needed quantity to complete the stage and were off without asking the bill..." immediately adds Jean-Luc.
- Jean luc Blanchemain et Jean Brucy - Dakar 2011 - Etape 4
Reached the stage at the 81st - 67th overall, the team of the Golfmaurice.com buggy was not happy at night in the bivouac of Calama. Without this lost time, a huge leap forward could be achieved !
"This is only a postponement," added John. "Now we need to add only the good days and not to play with a yo-yo, a white day, a black day ! » "