American Dakar Rally rookie and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series driver Bryce Menzies was unhurt and co-driver Peter Mortensen sustained a broken ankle in a heavy crash in the fourth mile of the rally’s 166-mile second stage. Their Mini sustained probable race-ending damage.
Menzies finished fourth overall in Saturday’s first stage, a spot ahead of X-Raid teammates Nani Roma and Alex Haro Bravo and about 40 seconds back of leader Nasser Al-Attiyah, a two-time Dakar winner. He was set to compete in last year’s rally but was forced to withdraw after an accident while breaking the truck jump world record. The 30-year old has appeared in fewer LOORS races in order to focus on desert rallies, leading the 2017 Baja 1000 at various points before finishing 11th overall.
. @BryceMenzies7 has suffered a serious crash. The #DakarRookie and his co-pilot appear to be ok but the is heavily damaged
// Bryce Menzies ha roto su El Estadounidense y su copiloto parecen OK#Dakar2018 #DakarPerú2018 pic.twitter.com/CX1LfksH4U
— DAKAR RALLY (@dakar) January 7, 2018
Reported video of the aftermath can be seen here.
Menzies’ career highlights include two TORC championships, the 2011 SCORE title, and a Red Bull Frozen Rush win. He is a multi-time LOORRS race winner in both Pro 4 and Pro 2.