“El Matador” is done in the 2015 Dakar Rally.
Carlos Sainz, the 2010 Dakar winner and part of Peugeot’s return effort, has retired from the event following a crash in Thursday’s Stage 5 from Copiapo to Antofagasta, Chile.
The @PeugeotSport Twitter account confirmed the news:
Sainz himself has also tweeted a photo of what would seem to be that “something”:
The trail of parts near the car itself tells the story.
Sainz’s retirement comes one day after he suffered turbo pressure problems on his 2008 DKR Dakar machine early on in Wednesday’s Stage 4.
That cost him more than nine hours; an AFP report says he didn’t get back to the bivouac until 3:30 a.m. local time this morning.
It now appears that it’ll be up to 11-time Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel to fly the flag for Peugeot, which is back at the Dakar this year after a 25-year absence.
Peterhansel finished fifth in Thursday’s stage and has moved into the Top-10 of the overall rankings.
The third Peugeot man, multi-time Dakar motorcycle winner and car class rookie Cyril Despres, has had problems in his last two stages.
On Wednesday, he lost four hours to a clutch problem on his DKR, and Thursday saw him suffer a broken wheel according to the team. As of the time of this post, he has yet to finish.
NBCSN’s coverage of the Dakar Rally continues Friday at 4 p.m. ET.