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Dakar Rally leader Sainz out after accident

 The car of Volkswagen driver Carlos Sainz, of Spain, is seen crashed during the 12th stage of the Argentina Dakar Rally 2009 between Fiambala and La ...
 A person looks at the car of Volkswagen driver Carlos Sainz, of Spain, after Sainz crashed during the 12th stage of the Argentina Dakar Rally 2009 be...
 The interior of the Volkswagen driven by Spain's Carlos Sainz is seen after Sainz crashed during the 12th stage of the Argentina Dakar Rally 2009 bet...

Argentina Dakar Rally Sainz Out

The car of Volkswagen driver Carlos Sainz, of Spain, is seen crashed during the 12th stage of the Argentina Dakar Rally 2009 between Fiambala and La ...

Argentina Dakar Rally Sainz Out

A person looks at the car of Volkswagen driver Carlos Sainz, of Spain, after Sainz crashed during the 12th stage of the Argentina Dakar Rally 2009 be...

DEP-AUT RALLY DAKAR-SUDAMERICA

The interior of the Volkswagen driven by Spain's Carlos Sainz is seen after Sainz crashed during the 12th stage of the Argentina Dakar Rally 2009 bet...

Dakar Rally leader Carlos Sainz dropped out of the race after he missed a turn and his Volkswagen crashed into a ravine during Thursday's 12th stage.
Sainz was not injured, but the two-time world rally champion from Spain and his French teammate Michel Perin were taken by helicopter to Fiambala, where the stage began, Dakar Rally spokeswoman Emilie Poucan told The Associated Press.
Poucan said Sainz could have continued but Perin slightly injured his shoulder, forcing the pair to pull out of the race.
Sainz missed a sharp turn and his car flipped and tumbled four meters (13 feet) into a ravine at the 79-kilometer (49-mile mark) of the 253-kilometer (157-mile stage) to La Rioja.
The 12th stage has been the most difficult since the rally began Jan. 3 in Buenos Aires, said Poucan, with drivers struggling through sand dunes and rain in western Argentina.
Sainz, who had won six of the 10 stages so far, began the stage more than 27 minutes ahead of Mark Miller of the United States, also in a Volkswagen, and 41:13 ahead of Giniel De Villiers of South Africa.
The Spaniard was in third place at the first checkpoint, 43 seconds behind Miller after 62 kilometers (39 miles). Miller was leading at the second checkpoint.
De Villiers powered through the final stretch to win the stage in 4:06:43 and take the overall lead. It was the South African's third stage victory this year and 11th overall.
Miller came second, 16:17 behind. He had been leading at the first and second checkpoints. Robby Gordon of the United States was 25:27 back in third in his Hummer.
Villiers is 2:35 ahead of Miller and 1:18:52 in front of Gordon in the overall standings.
Cyril Despres of France led throughout Thursday to win his third stage in the motorbike race. He finished in 3:57:37, about 1:30 ahead of overall leader Marc Coma of Spain and 9:47 in front of Gerard Farres Guell of Spain, who surged from 20th place.
Coma leads in the overall standings by 1:29:48 over the second-place Despres.
The route was shortened by 30 kilometers (19 miles) Thursday after Argentine authorities asked organizers to avoid a recent archaeological discovery near Fiambala.
Friday's stage will travel 545 kilometers (339 miles) from La Rioja to the hills of Cordoba, leaving behind the Andean foothills.
After 14 stages covering 9,576 kilometers (5,950 miles), the 30th edition of the classic rally will finish on Jan. 18 in Buenos Aires.


Updated : 2021-04-13 22:58 GMT+08:00