American Dakar hopeful Menzies, co-driver escape serious injury in crash

American Dakar hopeful Menzies, co-driver escape serious injury in crash

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American Dakar hopeful Menzies, co-driver escape serious injury in crash

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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.

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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.

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