Thursday, January 15, 2009

Terrain Takes Out Sainz

Red Bull athlete Carlos Sainz, a two-time world rally champion, abandoned the Dakar Rally after his Volkswagen careened into a ravine during Thursday’s 12th stage.

The Spaniard (pictured above) had won six stages this year, including the previous four, and held a sizeable advantage entering the 159-mile trek to La Rioja, Argentina. Sainz, driving with French co-pilot Michel Perin, was not seriously injured and was taken by helicopter to the stage’s starting point in Fiambala.

Red Bull, however, still has strong representation in the South American edition of the Dakar.

Sainz’s Red Bull Volkswagen teammates, South African Giniel De Villiers and American Mark Miller, sit 1-2 in the overall car standings, with Miller less than three minutes behind. In the bike category, Spain’s Marc Coma leads France’s Cyril Despres by less than 90 seconds. Both are Red Bull-backed KTM riders.

Only two cross-country stages remain, with Friday’s stage 13 running from La Rioja to Cordoba. The Dakar ends where in started, in Buenos Aires — the first time the event has left the deserts of West Africa.

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Anonymous 83GivzUWingz said...

Yahoo fantasy racing is up!
Just like last year, I have started a Toyota Race Fans league

The ID# is 254
The Password is movin4ward

All Toyota fans are welcome! Spread the word!

12:05 PM  
Anonymous savannah david said...

I'll be playing again this year. I'll pass the word along to my buddy Michael - he ran Boland Motorsports in the league last year. Thanks Lucy.

4:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep hitting the refresh button, but a new story won't appear. C'mon, Daytona is just a couple weeks away.

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do know that the shop boys are putting in lots of over time to get the cars ready for the new year. Also heard on the radio that Scott was doing a tire test, he said it was going good and he was ready for the new year to start.

5:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's too quiet. What's going on with RBRT?

2:00 PM  

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