Ten Brinke retires after car fire: "It went so fast"

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Ten Brinke retires after car fire:
Valentin Khorounzhiy
By: Valentin Khorounzhiy
Jan 8, 2016, 8:26 PM

Bernhard ten Brinke has retired from the 2016 Dakar Rally after his Toyota Hilux caught fire in the final stages of Friday's Stage 6.

#311 Toyota: Bernhard Ten Brinke, Tom Colsoul
#311 Toyota: Bernhard Ten Brinke, Tom Colsoul
#311 Toyota: Bernhard Ten Brinke, Tom Colsoul

The Dutchman, who won the Prologue on Saturday - and remains the only non-Peugeot driver to have claimed a stage victory in the 2016 Dakar Rally so far - was running eighth overall when his Toyota lit up.

Both ten Brinke and Belgian co-driver Tom Colsoul managed to escape unhurt.

"We are OK," ten Brinke told Motorsport.com. "We changed a tyre about 25 kilometres before the finish and that caught fire because of the air current.

"We tried to extinguish the fire but it went so fast."

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Series Dakar
Event Dakar 2016
Sub-event Stage 6: Uyuni - Uyuni
Drivers Bernhard Ten Brinke
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy
Article type Breaking news