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Audi’s Peterhansel dropped out of the Dakar competition after the stage 1 crash – Motorsports

Peterhansel, who finished 14th in the prologue on Saturday, ran an impressive second on the electric Audi RS Q e-tron, just six seconds behind Toyota’s overall leader Nasser Al-Attiya.

However, as he entered the stage near Haile through a 153km winding rocky road, the French suffered an accident and the rear axle of the car broke.

Peter Hansel and his co-driver Edouard Boulanger were unharmed in the crash but were forced to call a support truck to repair the damage to their car.

More than two hours and thirty minutes have passed since the accident was recorded at 11:40 local time, effectively ending Peterhansel’s hopes of adding a record 15th Dakar Rally victory to the impressive CV. ..

However, Peter Hansel is expected to try to stay in the rally as much as possible to continue developing complex electric drivetrains at Audi’s Dakar entry.

56-year-old Audi is leading the return to this year’s cross-country rally after three previous campaigns on the X-raid Mini, with former teammate Carlos Sainz Sr and two-time DTM champion. Mattias Ekström has completed three rallies. Car lineup.

Audi’s candidate Dakar features three MGU units based on the technology developed in Formula E and a DTM-derived petrol engine used to charge the battery on longer stages.

Details to follow

– Motorsports

Audi’s Peterhansel dropped out of the Dakar competition after the stage 1 crash

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