The WRC Monte Carlo Rally is underway and it was going well for Estonian rally driver, Ott Tanak. He and co-driver, Martin Jarveoja, were running in fourth place on SS4 when some undulations in the road unsettled their Hyundai WRC entry. The car veers slightly to the right, drops the right-side tires off, and hits an obstacle that launches the Hyundai into the air.
The video shows the ensuing mayhem the best. The Hyundai left the roadway at 115mph. The onboard video shows that they continued to roll down the hill for a long time. It isn’t Pastrana’s epic rally roll, but it is a heck of a crash.
Accidente de Ott Tanak en la SS4, la tripulación se encuentra bien pic.twitter.com/S9PpIxYW0T
— PORTeam (@PORTeam3) January 24, 2020
🇲🇨 Rallye Monte-Carlo 2020
✅ ES4 | St-Clément-sur-Durance – Freissinières 1 (20,68 km)
🚩 Grosse sortie de route pour Ott Tänak. L'équipage est OK.#WRC #HMSGOfficial #RallyeMonteCarlo pic.twitter.com/kvWtBXMbuP
— Sébastien Loeb – Ma ligne de conduite (@SebLoebMLDC) January 24, 2020
It needs to be said that if this was the Group B era, that we would be mourning a driver and co-driver today. The overall roll cage looks to have done its job. The two were able to exit the vehicle unaided and were taken to a local hospital for medical checks. Standard procedure for a crash of this nature in WRC. Hopefully, the two operators aren’t feeling too worse for wear today.
Last year’s reigning WRC champion, Tanak, switched from Toyota to Hyundai in the offseason. His former team and Elfyn Evans are now in the lead of the rally.
Feature image courtesy of Motorsportweek.com