After 4 days of racing fatique is setting in and equipment is starting to break down. Stage 4 concluded in Tata with the day's winner Antonio Valero moving into the first place overall. The standings in the other cathegories remain unchanged with the Aventura Tuareg Bowler confirming its domination of the car class. Josef Macháček climed to 5th place overall at the head of the quad class while Jose Sanchez Tapia maintains a lead amongst the UTVs. The day was not without casualties as the race leader Francisco Hornado fell in the standings to 27th place. Australian rider Andy Finning suffered a mishap and had to abandon the race altogether. German team Schuschu is running out of spare parts and might not be able to continue in their first African adventure as well.
Tomorrow is the first of two very long and demanding stages (600 and 800km) which will conclude the first week of the race. The time differentials at the top of the standings are very tight with only 75 minutes separating the top 8. So at this point it is still anyone's race. Stay tuned!