WRC » Solberg crashes out in France

Petter Solberg becomes the first high profile retirement in France

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October 06, 2012 12:23 PM

That was a nasty accident, when the concrete telegraph pole came crashing down there were a lot of spectators right where it landed, there could easily have been a fatality or two, the one guy was only a metter a feet away

It looks like Petter was dissorientated and accelerated accross the road back into the vines where he hit the concrete telegraph pole, maybe if he had slowed down when he went off he would only of lost a few seconds getting back on the road

I am sure when he sees the video footage he will be very unhappy with himself, its a shame he went off, he seemed to have the pace to beat Mikko

reality - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 1:20 PM

Really like Petter but gee he crashes out a lot.
Hoped all through his career he could just slow a fraction and be more consistent. Hope he goes better next year.

simon - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 1:30 PM

Just watched the helicopter footage of Petter's bizarre off, maybe the throttle was jammed open because it appears he couldn't stop the car as after he emerged from the vines he kept going straight on and into the vines on the opposite side of the stage and only stopped when he hit a pole that was carrying 'live' electricity as the cables shorted when they landed on a car parked nearby. Really lucky no one was injured.....WOW!

Bruno64 - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 1:53 PM

Hey Petter, maybe it's time to stop ! 7 years without a win, you just don't deserve to be in a top team, and you take the place of another better driver (Ostberg, Neuville, etc.). Poor results and highly overrated driver !

Who Cares - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 2:30 PM

Yes the footage is cruel for Petter, who obviously lost control not only of his car but also of himself! He accelerated like mad through the vines instead of getting steadily back on the road... He could h

Who Cares - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 2:34 PM

Oops! He could have killed someone, not only with that pole that finally stopped him (he would have ended in Poland driving straight ahead like this) but with his car! Good for him that Citroen did forbid Loeb to chase the drivers title back in 2003...


October 06, 2012 7:02 PM

Terrible conduct by Solberg. All I can say is that I am disappointed. At 37, he really should be old enough to know how dangerous this is. A lot of people could have been killed. The way he drives at full speed through the vineyard and hits the post is absolutely reckless.

Perhaps you could say that spectators should not have been there. That may be true. In rallying, spectators should always be on higher ground than drivers. But they were there. And even if that was not the safest place for them to be, it wouldn't make it any easier for Solberg if he had run someone over or if the post had landed on someone.

I hope he learns from this. What a bizarre and sad incident.

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