Motorsport is, as we all know, a dangerous pursuit, and sitting near the top of the most dangerous racing disciplines would have to be rally racing. Pairing high speeds and limited traction with a road course full of blind corners, air time and fixed objects to hit means that when things go wrong, they can easily go really wrong.
This was displayed in spectacular fashion during a stage of the recent Rallye de La Durance in France when the Citroen C2 piloted by Yoan Droumenq and co-driver Gabriel Durand veered off course after attempting to correct the car’s trajectory from a mid-corner bump, sending them across the narrow course like a ping-pong ball. In the span of less than two seconds, the car is ricocheted off the right side of the course, only to flip end over end and make contact with another tree on the left side of the course, this time on the Citroen’s roof, before coming to rest on driver’s side.
Several spectators scream in horror at the crash, and quite frankly we can’t blame them – there’s plenty of reasons to think this video would only be watchable on LiveLeak. Multiple fans rush to the drivers’ aid, and as true testament to race car safety, they somehow emerge from the car under their own power, walking away more or less unharmed but from the looks of it, clearly with their bells rung and a lot to think about.
To say these two racers had luck on their side that day will likely be the understatement of their lifetimes.