Thursday marked the beginning of the 48-hour Chrono stage, during which drivers have to finish a distance of 549km over two days. Conscious of the dangers they might face, many took it straightforward at the beginning of the stage to make sure they arrived security at one of many seven camps at 4pm native time, when the day’s motion could be halted.
Nevertheless, drama struck general chief Al-Rajhi on the 51km mark when he suffered a severe accident in one of many dunes, severely broken his Toyota Hilux.
It was reported on Dakar’s web site that Al-Rajhi was already returning to the beginning of the particular, suggesting that he has given all hope of collaborating within the the rest of the day’s proceedings.
He could be allowed to begin Stage 7 on Sunday so long as his Hilux has been repaired and complies with all the protection guidelines stipulated by the FIA.
Even when the Saudi manages to get his automotive up and working, he has misplaced his finest likelihood of securing a maiden victory on the earth’s most prestigious rally-raid.
Al-Rajhi’s troubles have handed the general result in Audi driver Carlos Sainz Sr, who jumped Prodrive’s Nasser Al-Attiyah within the rankings in the beginning of the stage.
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