Spanish rally driver Carlos Sainz has retired from the Dakar Rally. The three-time winner in the car category flipped over in his Audi after just 6 kilometers on the ninth stage from Riyadh to Haradh in Saudi Arabia and decided to retire.
Sixty-year-old Sainz, father of Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr., was taken to hospital for further medical examination after the crash. He had pain in his upper body.
Sainz won the first stage in this Dakar Rally, his 42nd day success in the desert rally. The Dakar veteran was trailed in the subsequent stages and no longer played a role in the general classification.
The Argentinian Luciano Benavides won the stage in the motorcycles. He was fastest on his Husqvarna in the 358 kilometer test through the desert. At the finish he was about a minute ahead of Australian Toby Price (KTM). For Benavides it was his second day success.
Classification leader Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) finished third in just under three minutes. He wasted precious time on Price, who is only three seconds behind Howes in the standings. Luciano’s brother Kevin Benavides (KTM) is third in the standings at five minutes.
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