Solberg crashes out

Petter Solberg becomes the first high profile retirement in France

Ford's Petter Solberg has crashed out in France after going off the road in the first test of the day.

The Norwegian, who was battling with Mikko Hirvonen for third, left the road at a fast-left hand bend in SS9, the 18.16 km Massif des Grands Crus-Ungersberg 1 test. He then went off into the vinyards before re-crossing the stage and then smashing into and felling a telegraph pole, which alarmingly almost hit a couple of spectators.

Both Solberg and co-driver, Chris Patterson escaped unharmed, but they were unable to continue. It has yet to be confirmed if Solberg made a mistake or if there was some sort of technical failure. It has also yet to be announced if the 37-year-old will be able to rejoin on Sunday under the Rally 2 regulations.

To see footage of the incident:


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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


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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