Ott Tanak Monte Carlo Rally Crash

Tanak crashes at WRC Rally Monte Carlo

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.

Onboard Video

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.

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5 responses to “Tanak crashes at WRC Rally Monte Carlo”

  1. onrails Avatar

    The yard-sale shedding of parts rolling and tumbling crashes usually look way worse than they are. Not that it didn’t hurt but lots of time to decelerate helps things greatly. It’s the stop RIGHT NOW crashes that don’t look too dramatic that usually are. Glad to see these guys are ok.

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      The parts shredding means its shedding energy as it goes. One of the fun of watching modern NASCAR is getting to see that week after week. I know we are all aware of that here of course. So that’s why I wasn’t so worried when I saw this on Twitter this morning. These cars are so wildly overbuilt.
      Now the drivers need to be taken to the blue tent to be checked for a concussion before being allowed into their cars for the next race.

  2. Manic_King Avatar

    My compatriots so I should worry and I am, Tänak tho spent so long time breaking cars before he got handle on high speed rally driving he had nickname ‘Ott of the ditches’. So, experienced. Then again his mentor/manager Markko Märtin lost copilot Michael Park in crash in Wales and never recovered. Risks are there.

  3. Zentropy Avatar

    Where are you guys watching WRC now? I got interested years ago, just as Loeb’s career started picking up, and could sometimes catch race coverage on tape delay on Speed. I’ve missed out on the past few years but would love to get back into it.

    1. smokyburnout Avatar

      well uh “right next to the stage” is a pretty good spot if you can get it (I was standing like two turns into SS4!) but Red Bull Media House took over as promoter of the WRC a few years back and they produce a daily highlight show on the website, with one complete stage usually on Saturday also shown live
      there’s also a $100/year WRC+ subscription if you want to watch every stage live

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