Sainz and Peterhansel’s surprising account of the accident: “I misplaced my reminiscence and pushed the accelerator to the utmost” | Sports activities
“I misplaced the reminiscence of what occurred within the 5 minutes earlier than the accident. For the following 15 years I did not bear in mind something in any respect”, defined Stéphane Peterhansel throughout a surprising look with the media on the Riyadh bivouac. The French delusion, winner of 14 Dakars, crashed throughout the sixth stage of the rally virtually concurrently together with his companion at Audi, Carlos Sainz. Each didn’t communicate on Friday, however on Saturday they shared one thing calmer and with way more element about an incident that luckily averted absolutely the penalties.
“After I received out of the automotive I noticed Edouard [Boulanger, su copiloto] on the ground, with ache within the again. Then I started to grasp that we had an accident”, recounted Monsieur Dakar. His companion broke a dorsal vertebra and will probably be operated on within the subsequent few hours in Germany, however he’s out of hazard. He discovered him mendacity on his facet, in numerous ache, and by chance the medical groups have been seconds away from touchdown the helicopter. “I rapidly requested him if he felt his legs and arms and he stated, ‘OK, sure, I really feel them.'” Within the midst of a lot commotion, it was then that Peterhansel realized that subsequent door, simply 50 meters away, have been additionally Sainz and his co-driver, Lucas Cruz, who escaped unhurt.
All this occurred at km 212 of the sixth particular, in a entice that the motorcyclists already warned may put the well being of the members in danger. At that second, the Frenchman was simply forward of the Spaniard, who was following intently after letting him cross to be able to benefit from his finest tempo within the race. “There have been some bike traces that have been deceptive, as if the monitor went to the suitable. He jumped to the suitable, and we, who have been within the mud, went behind him”, recalled Lucas Cruz. The entice was very harmful, it was a lower dune in an space the place the automobiles ought to have turned left, simply in the other way.
“We have been fortunate, as a result of nothing critical has occurred. After the neutralization I began to decelerate a bit”, stated Sainz, who had already had a scare earlier than the accident and suffered from some discomfort in his neck. “I let Stéphane cross and tried to observe him. In rally raid, while you attempt to observe a automotive intently, you may’t see the place it’s. I trusted him 100%. The subsequent factor I bear in mind is the 2 automobiles flying ”, he detailed. The outlet, very pronounced, exceeded six meters deep, and the velocity at which they have been going exceeded 100 km/h. Peterhansel flipped, whereas Sainz landed on his facet damaging the left suspension very severely.
One thing that did not add up have been the positions of the automobiles and the markings within the sand. The Frenchman defined why his car stored rolling even after impacting: “Sadly, throughout the accident, I misplaced consciousness. I pushed the accelerator to the utmost [sin querer] as a result of my foot was on the pedal. Edouard pulled the handbrake and turned off the engine. The parable, who has skilled the harshest a part of this sport on numerous events, shared his concern about what occurred. “I’ve a wierd feeling, particularly when you do not bear in mind what occurred. Usually, after an accident, you normally bear in mind the second earlier than and what occurred, in case you misplaced management or one thing like that. However I do not bear in mind… Possibly it is higher that method, ”he assured.
Peterhansel, 57, said that that is certainly not the toughest second of his profession. “A very long time in the past I skilled one thing a lot tougher than this, which was dropping a buddy of bikes. He died in an accident in entrance of me. That’s one other degree. That is three, 4 or 5 ranges up. This was not fairly, however in a couple of months I believe we are going to neglect it rapidly. Monsieur Dakar stated goodbye to the bivouac with a transparent decision. He nonetheless desires to run and intends to retire as he desires, successful the rally of rallies as soon as once more: “It’s not a matter of motivation, it’s a matter of leaving with the best satisfaction, of placing an finish to my profession in the absolute best method ”. He’ll return right here to Saudi Arabia subsequent yr to attempt to raise his fifteenth Touareg.
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