ADDC 2024: Fire forces Lucas Moraes to abandon Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

ADDC 2024: Fire forces Lucas Moraes to abandon Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

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Fire broke out as the Brazilian was about to cross the finish line of the third stage in the United Arab Emirates

The third day of activities at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, held on Thursday (29), would have marked another top-four finish for Brazilian Lucas Moraes. However, the Toyota Gazoo Racing driver saw his car consumed by a fire at the end of the World Cross-Country Rally Championship special. Despite the scare, the Brazilian and his navigator, Spaniard Armand Monleón, were unharmed.

In yet another consistent performance, the two-time champion of the Sertões Rally, who is competing in the World Championship with the support of Red Bull, Repsol, Strava, Oakley, Zapalla - in addition to having led the Brazilian SpeedMax tire brand to sponsor the Dakar champion team, covered the 251 km stretch of sand in Mzeer'ah, which included a "cordon" of dunes on the final stretch, alongside navigator Armand Moleón.

The flames began to rise a few meters before the line that determined the end of the race. Moraes and Moléon jumped out of the car immediately, but suffered no injuries. The event forced them to abandon the race.

The next stage of the World Rally Championship is scheduled for April 2-7, in Portugal. Over 1000 km, the competitors will pass the beaches of Alentejo, the trails of Ribatejo and the rocky soil of Extremadura, on the Spanish Extremadura region, near the border with Portugal

 

Automatic translation of the original Brazilian Portuguese version
Source: BestPR
Photo: A.S.O/DPPI/B.Roux

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