Slight Miscalculation There: Ott Tänak’s Big Crash At Rallye Monte Carlo


Slight Miscalculation There: Ott Tänak’s Big Crash At Rallye Monte Carlo

Any time the words “rally crash” are printed, it’s time to tune in for some sincere carnage. It’s been my personal draw to rally racing, I can’t lie. I grew to appreciate the skill and absolute precision needed to do what these drivers do, but what set the hook for me so many years ago involved a Mitsubishi going end-over-end through the trees in a crash sequence that made every bone in my body cringe. Amateur racing or professional, there is no such thing as a gentle crash in the sport. Either you made it to the next services stop or you killed it. In the case of Hyundai driver Ott Tänak and his co-driver Martin Järveoja, they killed it at Rally Monte Carlo.

While tearing through Special Stage Four, which runs between St. Clement-sur-Durance and Freissinières in southeastern France, Tänak’s Hyundai i20 bounced  coming out of a high-speed kink and after dropping off the edge of the roadway, went into a massive roll down the hill before slamming onto the asphalt below. The only thing that needs to be mentioned in the after crash report: both drivers exited the balled-up shell of a rally car under their own power, pretty much unharmed. Per Tänak’s social media, “We are recovering and will be fit soon.”


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