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Dakar 2017: Despres leads cars; Price injury affects Day 4

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In Thursday’s fourth stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally, San Salvado de Jujuy to Tupiza, Cyril Depres took his first cars win while the defending winner in bikes, Toby Price, is out with an injury sustained in an accident.

You can see Thursday’s stage from the Dakar at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, on NBCSN.

Cyril Despres made it four stage winners in as many days in cars, with his first of the rally in the No. 307 Peugeot.

Despres won today over Mikko Hirvonen and Nani Roma, while two other Peugeots – Stephane Peterhansel and Sebastien Loeb – lost significant ground.

Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, meanwhile, is now an official retirement from the rally – a bitter blow to the stage one winner.

Here’s more from cars on Thursday:

In bikes, Matthias Walkner took the stage win over Joan Barreda, but the overriding story of the day was Price’s injury.

Quad results are linked here. Truck results will follow later.

Other tweets of note from the day are below:

Past day recaps are here:

Stage three
Stage two and (VIDEOS)
Stage one and (VIDEOS)

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”