Countdown to 40th Dakar Rally: Surviving a front flip (VIDEO)

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As we count down to the 40th Dakar Rally, coming in January 2018 to NBCSN, here’s another quick video showcasing the challenge of the event itself.

In 1996, so more than 20 years ago, Bruno Saby won the opening stage of the Granada-Dakar Rally.

But when he caught too much air on a patch of dirt, his front wheels dug into the surface and sent him into a barrel roll that is one of the more spectacular incidents in the rally’s history.

However, the allure of coming back to the Dakar continued. He won another stage the next year, and the first three stages of the rally in 1998. He was a two-time FIA World Rally Championship rally winner.

The event shifted to South America in 2009 and has been there ever since.

Red Bull driver Verstappen wins Formula One’s Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”

Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.

Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.