After losing time on stage three with a puncture, Robby Gordon bounced back to secure victory on the fourth stage of the Dakar Rally from Fiambala to Copiapo.

The NASCAR racer ended the shortened stage just a second clear of the BMW of Stephane Peterhansel despite the fact his Hummer H3 has two-wheel drive compared to the four-wheel drive of most of his rivals.

The stage win was Gordon's first since 2007 and his third overall since debuting in the event back in 2005.

The American now sits eighth overall going into the fifth stage today [Wednesday].

"Here's a stage we thought we were going to be good and we were - we went out and won," he said. "Now we're still an hour behind overall and had our bogey yesterday, we just have to be strong from here on out and I feel that we can carry it through starting with today."