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Paulo Gon̤alves Wins Stage 4 Of Sealine Rally As Marc Coma Reclaims Lead

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It was another great win for Team HRC in the fourth stage of the Sealine Cross-Country Rally in Qatar, with Paulo ‰Û÷Speedy‰Ûª Gon̤alves picking up first place in the stage aboard the Honda CRF450 RALLY, the third for the team so far in the competition.

Paulo Gon̤alves, put his skill at handling and high speed on display for all, as he clocked up the fastest time in the Sealine's fourth special, a 404 km affair across the Qatar desert in the Arabian Gulf.

The Portuguese rider made up for lost time in the overall standings, and now lies just 17 seconds away from a podium place.

"I had a really good race day." Gon̤alves admitted. "I won the stage but more important is the time that I pulled back from my adversaries after the mistake with the navigation on the first day.

"My focus is to be on the podium at the end of the rally. But we have to keep our eye on the target and stay focused, because tomorrow we have 270 kms still to race and it's easy to slip up and make a mistake, so we'll wait and see what happens."

Finishing second on stage was Red Bull KTM's Jordi Viladoms with HRC's Helder Rodrigues in 3rd.
Marc Coma reclaimed the race lead on stage four - Credit: RallyZone Bauer/Barni
Red Bull KTM's Marc Coma who started the day in second position in the race finished fourth for the stage just over 6 minutes behind the stage winner, but did enough to re-claim the race lead from HRC's Joan Barreda who finished the day a further two minutes behind Coma.

Coma will carry a 41 second lead into the final stage of the event ahead of Barreda, with Viladoms a further 1 mintue and 11 seconds further back in third.

Results Stage 4
1. Paulo Goncalves 04:48'07 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
2. Jordi Viladoms +01'58 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
3. Helder Rodrigues +03'58 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
4. Marc Coma +06'08 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
5. Joan Barreda +08'08 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
6. Jakub Piatek +01:11'13 POL KTM Team Hanesco
7. Mohammed Albalooshi +01:12'48 UAE KTM KTM UAC
8. Kobus Potgieter +01:19'47 SAF KTM Team Potgieter
9. JuliÌÁn Villarrubia +01:20'35 ESP HONDA Poland National
10. Rafal Sonik +01:21'43 POL HONDA Poland National

Provisional Standings after Stage 4
1. Marc Coma 16:06'11 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
2. Joan Barreda +00'41 ESP HONDA TEAM HRC
3. Jordi Viladoms +01'52 ESP KTM KTM Red Bull Rally Factory
4. Paulo Goncalves +02'09 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
5. Helder Rodrigues +06'26 PRT HONDA TEAM HRC
6. Mohammed Albalooshi +02:47'07 UAE KTM KTM UAC
7. Mohammed Abu Issa +03:43'49 QAT YAMAHA Abu Issa
8. Rafal Sonik +04:14'03 POL HONDA Poland National
9. JuliÌÁn Villarrubia +04:24'15 ESP HONDA Poland National
10. Jakub Piatek +05:06'26 POL KTM Team Hanesco

Top Image: Paulo Gon̤alves Won Stage 4 Of Sealine Rally

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