Silence had fallen at the Al Dawadimi bivouac. A sign that something serious had happened during the course of stage 7. The news was chasing each other, but without certainty. Enrico Gaspari, Marco Carrara’s co-driver from Forlì on the Light Prototype PH-Sport Zephyr # 333 of the T3 class was the only one who had suffered consequences in the head-on collision with the Snag Racing Team SSV # 406 driven by the Russians Sergey Kaziakin and Anton Vlasink .
According to the first reconstruction of the facts, the half of the Italian crew had made a turnaround after about forty kilometers in the special after they had lost a waypoint of the roadbook and, while they were trying to find the correct route, they collided with the Russian half. .
The impact was very violent and it was Enrico Gaspari who was immediately rescued who suffered the greatest damage. Since his condition appeared immediately serious, although the Forlì has always been perfectly conscious, the medical service helicopter intervened and landed next to the two cars to load Gaspari and urgently transfer him to the hospital in Riyadh where the doctors have I was able to carry out the clinical checks: there was a fear of a fracture in the spine, but the diagnostic tests ruled out any fracture, so much so that Enrico was discharged this morning.
Gaspari is in his second participation in the Dakar, as in 2020 he had been alongside Andrea Schiumarini in the R-Team’s Mitsubishi Pajero Diesel, finishing in 53rd place in the car ranking. Last year the likeable Romagna rider took part in four rounds of the Fia World Cross Country Rally Championship, in Andalusia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Morocco.
The Carrara-Gaspari crew was defending themselves very well as they were 12th in the Light Prototype classification and had conquered a splendid fifth place in their class in the stage that preceded the rest day with the arrival in the capital Riyadh.
# 333 PH-Sport: Marco Carrara, Enrico Gaspari, service area
Photo by: ASO
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