Dakar 2017: Carlos Sainz Tumbles Down; Nearly Takes Out Two Spectators

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Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz was forced to retire from the fourth stage of the 2017 Dakar rally after a horrific rollover down the hill. Sainz was only 5 km from the end of the fourth stage. Two spectators were narrowly missed when the car was flying off the track.

The barrel roll cost Sainz over two hours, which put him out of contention for a rally win. The accident occurred between San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentine and Tupiza in Bolivia. Sainz was lucky to walk away unscathed from this drastic tumble down.

The Spaniard has 27 Dakar stage victories under his belt since 2006. He was pushing a bit too hard in order to make up for lost time from a navigational error in the early stages of the race.

Sainz said, "It appears that the necessary work cannot be carried out within the time allowed. I'm obviously very disappointed by this withdrawal. I regret not being able to challenge."

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