Stephane Peterhansel's navigator, Edouard Boulanger, has been diagnosed with a broken vertebra after their hard landing off a dune on Stage 6 of the Dakar Rally.
Peterhansel lost consciousness in the impact and both were hospitalised, with Boulanger suffering a back injury.
The latter will need surgery, he advised via a social media post.
“For me, it's a broken vertebra – surgery on Monday. Time is now for recovery, all the best for my racing family.
“I'm in good hands, [thanks] to Audi Sport and Q Motorsport.”
While Car #204 is now a withdrawal, Sainz resumed competition, but with an 18-hours penalty for failing to complete Stage 6 due to the damage which he incurred at the dune.
Matters got even worse on Stage 7 when the other factory Audi suffered suspension damage due to Mattias Ekstrom hitting a rock.
Sainz stopped to donate his suspension and then had to wait for the service truck, losing multiple hours more.
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