Chinese Super League

Dakar to Paris? Rally crash opens the door for Andre Villas-Boas to get back to club management

Former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur boss ‘safe and well’ after crashing Toyota Overdrive on stage four of deadly endurance race in Peru

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 January, 2018, 2:32pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 January, 2018, 4:27pm

Former Shanghai SIPG manager Andre Villas-Boas has crashed out of the Dakar Rally after being taken to hospital following stage four of the endurance race.

The Overdrive Toyota he was driving with fellow Portuguese Ruben Faria was forced to withdraw after hitting a dune and crashing “nose first” on the San Juan de Marcona leg of the race in Peru.

The 40-year-old was taken to hospital with a back injury, Overdrive team boss Jean-Marc Fortin was reported as saying.

Villas-Boas posted that he and his co-driver were “safe and well” on Instagram.

The debutant had performed well in the first three stages of the rally, entering the fourth stage in 43rd position of a 72-car field.

The Dakar Rally was the first step into motorsports for the former Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea manager.

The racing enthusiast quit his role in the Chinese Super League to follow the family tradition in rally driving. His uncle competed in the Dakar Rally in the early 1980s.

Fellow Overdrive racers Peter Van Merksteijn and Maciej Marton are 13th, while Chinese driver Yong Zhou sits in 26th with Stephane Prevot in his BP Yong Racing Team car.

The all-Chinese Boundless Yong Racing Team car of He Zhitao and Kai Zhao is 50th of the 51 cars left in the event.

Shanghai SIPG boss Andre Villas-Boas leaves his post at the club to pursue his dream of competing in the Dakar Rally: reports

Villas-Boas has suggested he will return to club management in Europe and has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain.

The 8,850 kilometre (5,500-mile) race continues until January 20 when it finishes in Argentina.