Carlos Sainz Sr. Helicopter Evac Known as After Dakar Crash | Jobi Cool

Sainz’s Audi plowed nostril first into the sand.
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The 2023 Dakar Rally is disastrous for Audi. Eight episodes in Audi RS Q E-Tron’s second try to win the enduring cross-country rally, the German producer has no automobiles left within the prime ten positions. The highest place Audi prototype, pushed by Mattias Ekström, was twenty eighth. Ekström is greater than seven hours behind the chief, Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah. Regardless of being out of competition for total victory, Audi continues to be racing for pleasure and stage wins.

The #207 Audi RS Q e-tron when it was still in one piece

The #207 Audi RS Q e-tron when it was nonetheless in a single piece
Image: DPPI / Adui

Earlier in the present day, within the ninth stage, Carlos Sainz Sr. crashed. his Audi RS Q E-Tron for the second time on this Dakar. Sainz, a two-time World Rally Champion and father of F1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr., launched his electrical prototype right into a dune solely to have it nostril dive into the sand. After reportedly complaining of ache on the fitting facet of his physique, Sainz known as for medical consideration after his crash.

A medical helicopter arrived on the scene and Sainz was scheduled to be airlifted to a hospital in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, for a cautious examination. Nevertheless, based on DirtFish, the three-time Dakar winner modified his thoughts mid-flight, ordering the medical helicopter to return him to his Audi. The staff’s assist truck is already there, getting ready to evacuate the downed Audi to the staff’s rally base. Sainz was capable of get again into his repaired automotive to complete the stage, and can race once more tomorrow.

5 phases stay on this 12 months’s Dakar, and whereas the Audi staff has had a string of dangerous luck, its automobiles have proven the pace to win phases. Mattias Ekström received the prologue and Carlos Sainz Sr. on the opening stage. Nevertheless, crashes and reliability points ruined Audi’s probabilities of taking what would have been the primary Dakar win for an electrical automobile. A 3rd Audi, pushed by 14-time Dakar winner Stéphane Peterhansel, crashed on stage six; Peterhansel’s navigator broke a vertebra within the fall. Sainz additionally crashed and had quite a few engine points, and was virtually penalized for accepting exterior assist from his son, Carlos Sainz Jr. Perhaps subsequent 12 months will probably be higher for Audi.

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