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Carlos Sainz’s father, Carlos Sainz Snr, has been hospitalised after crashing at the 2023 Dakar Rally. The Spaniard rolled his Audi RS Q e-tron buggy after jumping awkwardly over a sand dune.
The car appeared to jump further than was intended and landed nose down into a hole in the ground, flipping the car over. The accident happened only 5km after the start of the ninth stage of the rally.
Reports suggest Sainz is suffering from severe chest pain and has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks. Footage later showed mechanics pushing the car back onto its tyres.
However, co-driver Lucas Cruz is understood to be okay after the shunt. It’s Sainz’s second accident of the Dakar Rally with his last drama coming just days ago. Last Friday, the former WRC legend damaged his Audi after following Stephane Peterhamsel through dunes.
Aerial footage appeared to show Sainz and Cruz desperately trying to fix their car in an attempt to restart. The crash had already ruined his chances of winning the Rally after losing ore tah eight hours.
After the crash, Sainz said: “Stephane (Peterhansel) had caught us, I was right behind him, following him very closely. The only thing I have seen has been to blow up his car and I fly after. When we landed we broke the suspension and Edouard (Peterhansel’s co-driver) broke something in his spine.”
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