A scary crash toward the end of Tuesday’s auto special stage of the Africa Eco Race left two vehicles badly damaged, but thankfully no one was injured.
The crash came within sight of the finish line of the 300-mile Mauritanian stage between Northern Station and Chami. Overall race leader Dominique Laure and co-driver Christophe Crespo had the lead over Sergey and Aleksandr Kuprianov when Sergey Kuprianov approached at high speed and broadsided Laure, hitting the rear wheel of Laure’s buggy and sending both vehicles into a barrel roll. All four were able to climb from their buggies.
Both vehicles have been forced to abandon their efforts on Day 7 of the event. France’s Jean-Pierre Strugo and Francois Borsotoo inherited the race lead. The 12-stage race, which started Jan. 1, concludes on Jan. 13.