The organization had already predicted it: the fourth stage of Dakar 2021 is a fast one. Tim and Tom Coronel confirmed that at the finish of the 337 kilometres long stage. Top speed is not the strong point of The Beast and a few minor problems along the way also weighed on the pace. The Coronel brothers came to the line with the 40th time.
Those little problems couldn’t spoil the fun, however. « A cool stage », said Tom, « with a bit of dunes – about 20 kilometres – and many fast tracks through the mountains and over cliffs. Tim enjoyed a bit of drifting. » « What a nice stage and what a beautiful landscape », Tim said. « There were some tricky navigation parts, but Tom was spot on. I am very happy with that. »
In any case, making no navigation errors saved the twins some time and they could use that well. Tim had to slow down twice to give The Beast a little rest on the fast tracks. « The oil temperature got too high, » said Tom. After the finish, Tim and Tom noticed a small oil leak under the car. Another problem was that the system for in- and deflating the left rear tire did not work properly. As a result, Tom had to manually pump
air into the tire. A wrong tire pressure was probably also the cause of the left rear tire puncturing in the dunes. « We had to change it and then we immediately removed the hose from the tire pressure system, » said Tom.
After the special stage there was still a connection of more than 250 kilometres by road to cover to Riyadh. The Saudi capital is the starting point of the fifth stage, which promises to be a lot slower and a lot more difficult, with a combination of tough dunes and sharp stones.