Looking at a Rally Stage – Where We Stand, Exactly

rally This snowy video was shot at the Jari-Pekka Ralli in Heinola, Finland this month. It shows quite a few offs, with the cars barreling directly at the spectators because, well, once a rally driver becomes the passenger there’s not that much one can do except hold on and make a grimace. It’s up to the spectators not to stand in the direct tangent line from the point where a rally car would leave the road, isn’t it? At least that’s the common understanding over here at the Hooniverse Water Cooler™. Check the video and our comments after the yump.  [youtube width=”720″ height=”480″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0CXl8xBgEw[/youtube]

  Eric Rood: But the trees will stop the cars! Kamil Kaluski: What was the blue car? (3 minute mark) Antti Kautonen: Skoda Favorit, I think. Immediately as it settles there’s a frustrated Finnish voice saying “Would you *please* get the f*ck out of there.” Greg Kachadurian: So some guys are nearly pasted by multiple flying rally cars yet THEY DON’T MOVE?? Antti: Safety in numbers! Kamil: Look, you can get hit with a foul ball at a baseball game, but ya still go to the game… Greg: “You don’t have to be the furthest away from the flying Skoda, you just have to be further than the closest person to the flying Skoda” I guess.

Alan Cesar: A foul ball is very unlikely to smoosh you as flat as a flying Skoda, unless it’s a very large ball. I’m also not sure the “you don’t need to outrun the bear, you only need to outrun your friend” logic applies to flying Skodas because of their voracious appetite for spectators.  
[Source: Pata 78 Motorsport Videos / YouTube]

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