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Button stranded in the desert for 17 hours after Baja 1000 shunt

Button stranded in the desert for 17 hours after Baja 1000 shunt

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Button stranded in the desert for 17 hours after Baja 1000 shunt

Button stranded in the desert for 17 hours after Baja 1000 shunt

Jenson Button says he spent 17 hours stranded in the desert after his car broke down during the Baja 1000.

The former F1 world champion was making his off-road racing debut in the legendary North American event, but things did not all go to plan...

"We come away from the Baja1000 with a story to tell, not the one we wanted but a great Baja story all the same," Button posted on Instagram.

"Started well, passed five moving trucks and then another seven/eight broken or crashed, found a really good rhythm of looking after the truck when needed and hammering the fast flowing sections.

"At mile 235 Terry Madden my co driver and I heard a really loud clatter and lost drive, we had broken the differential.

"Strange as all temps were good and we looked after the truck but hey this happens, the problem was we had found the most remote place to breakdown which meant we spent the whole night and a total of 17 hours under the stars.

"Fuelled by energy bars and a fire that needed constant help as all we could find was twigs, Terry and I could just enjoy the moment of peacefulness by telling stories which always ended with "its Baja".

"A life experience but not the one I expected. But I'll take it."

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