Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Gazzoo Racing) has announced his official retirement from the Dakar 2017, following the accident on stage 3. Due to a broken wheel he lost more than two hours to stage 3 winner Peterhansel. According to his statement, there’s extensive damage on his Toyota Hilux.
But let’s continue to Stage 4 where things have changed again. After the unfortunate accident Peugeot now has only 3 cars in Top 10. Carlos Sainz was trying to make up for the lost time after navigation problems. He unfortunately got carried away and experienced a terrible rollover not far from the finish.
Here’s what he said for Motorsport.com: ““It was in a corner where we arrive at so fast,” Sainz recalled. “Under braking, the car put itself on the side, I touched the inside and I rolled, up and down, and got into a ditch of 10-15 metres. I don’t know if I will be able to continue, I have back pain and my team is still looking at the car and trying to find a solution. It’s not going to be easy.”
Away from the misfortunes, it was an exciting stage for Peugeot’s Cyril Despres who won the car category before taking the lead in the overall classification. Yesterday’s winner Stephane Peterhansel finished second with Mikko Hirvonen giving Mini the best finish by coming home in third. Sebastien Loeb came in fourth in the other Peugeot.
1. Despres / Castera – Peugeot
2. Peterhansel / Cottret – Peugeot
3. Hirvonen / Perin – Mini
4. Loeb / Elena – Peugeot
5. Roma / Haro – Toyota