2017 Monte Carlo Rally – Dying for a YouTube video

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For 2017, WRC and their parent group, the FIA, announced new vehicle regulations. The new regulations brought more OEM involvement, and more teams. The vehicles are more powerful and are suppose to bring back some of the magic of Class B rally cars. And with all that, the sport is suppose to attract a wider audience and increase press coverage.
While the cars are not exactly Group B, the rest of the plan worked. Until the first day of the first race that is. That is when a sad accident occurred which cost a spectator his life.
This short article on the Axis of Oversteer discusses the accident and its aftermath, its impact on the race, the cars, and the spectators. It is really worth your time to read it.

Respecting the motorsport community means spectators, like drivers, have to use their brains take responsibility for there [sic] actions.


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5 responses to “2017 Monte Carlo Rally – Dying for a YouTube video”

  1. fede Avatar

    it’s a sad start to the new era. hopefully it won’t happen again.

  2. Sjalabais Avatar

    It seems like the urge to judge and conclude is strong on all sides. It’s either a moron spectator (what harsh comments in the link) or an overly dangerous or even badly organized sport. For such an accident to happen, there surely have been mistakes. But it is still an accident…so many random factors contributing to an unfortunate outcome.

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      If you decide to stand in an area where you’re not supposed to be, because it’s too dangerous to be in, and you are then injured or killed because it turns out to actually BE too dangerous, then how is it NOT your fault?
      f you take a risk sometimes the odds don’t fall in your favour, but it’s still your fault for taking the risk and putting yourself in danger, and for that matter risking danger to other people.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Yeah, you’re right.

    2. outback_ute Avatar

      The comparison to the Pamplona running of the bulls is a little harsh IMO, this guy might have been ignorant of the risk.
      Note that one of the later stages was cancelled due to spectators in the wrong places; this happens reasonably regularly.

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