Carlos Sainz showed that he has what it takes to win in African terrain, winning Stage 4 from Er Rachidia to Quarzazate in Morocco. Sainz is now back on top of the leader board, with Volkswagen team mates Bruno Saby and Jutta Kleinschmidt joining Sainz on the provisional podium. After the stage, Sainz remarked, "I'm surprised to be at the front again...We didn't have the feeling that we were particularly fast." Sainz' American teammate, Mark Miller, had a top 10 stage finish, and now lies 8th overall.

Leading after yesterday's first African stage, the Mitsubishi team suffered today, with Hiroshi Masuoka retiring after rolling his Pajero, and Stephane Peterhansel losing 17 minutes due to a navigational error. Luc Alphand remains in fourth, 6 min. 39 sec. behind Sainz.

Robby Gordon, meanwhile, lost nearly 4 hours with transmission problems, although he hopes to continue the race after repairs.

North American readers have daily TV coverage of the Dakar on Outdoor Life Network.

[Sources: Volkswagen Motorsport, dakar.com, teamdakarusa.com]

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