During the Dakar Rally, it is not uncommon for different vehicles and classes to cross paths on the shared routes. However, Tim and Tom Coronel were involved in a crash with Philippe Gendron on his Nomade Racing KTM bike during the Al Duwadimi to Al Salamiya stage. Fortunately, all three participants were reported to be okay after the incident and made it to the stage finish and bivouac.
Tim Coronel shared a video on social media explaining the situation and how they checked on Gendron immediately after the crash and at the end of the stage. The Dutch driver expressed the difficulties they faced during the stage, including two punctures and the impact that broke their windshield due to the motorcycle coming from the opposite direction.
Both Coronel brothers apologized to Gendron for the crash. In terms of the competition, the Coronels, competing for Century in the T1.2 Prototype Cross-Country Cars class, finished 48th on Stage 3, while Gendron remounted and successfully completed the stage, placing 77th in class.
In the overall standings, Yazeed Al-Rajhi from Overdrive Toyota has taken the lead at the Dakar Rally, surpassing Carlos Sainz from Audi. Lucas Moraes secured victory for Toyota in Stage 3. In the bike class, Pablo Quintanilla and Ricky Brabec were penalized for speeding, resulting in Kevin Benavides winning the stage. Ross Branch maintained the overall lead.