The Silk Way Rally took a dramatic turn on the 908km stage four between Kostany and Astanta.
Peugeot’s Stephane Peterhansel took a roll in the
mud and ended up losing three hours on team-mate and race leader Sébastian Loeb.
“It’s a real remake of last year,” said Peterhansel. “It was the same kind of obstacle and we came in too quickly. The back of the car lifted up and caused us to flip, and when we landed the wheel rim broke, and we rolled over several times.”
Cyril Despres also got into trouble and lost around 50 minutes. It was such a perfect day for Loeb who the stage by 22mins 03secs from Yazeed Alrahji and now leads by 1hr 07mins 56secs from Despres overall.
In the trucks category Maarten van den Brink was on fire, literally, and started the second special having lost around three hours.
But it was full steam ahead for Tatra’s Martin Kolomy, won the stage and now leads overall by 11m08 from Gerard De Rooy.
Tomorrow’s Stage five takes the race from Semey to Urdzhar in eastern Kazakhstan on a 600km jaunt.