WRC Rally Sweden: Photographer injured in shakedown accident

FIA accredited photographer escapes serious injuries after being struck by Michal Solowow's Fiesta RS WRC car during the shakedown for Rally Sweden
An FIA accredited photographer was injured this morning during the shakedown for Rally Sweden.

The incident happened 38 minutes in, near the end of the 4.30 km Rada test, when Ford privateer Michal Solowow went off the road in his Fiesta RS WRC car and hit said member of the media.

Organisers have since confirmed that the photographer suffered no serious injuries, although he has been taken to hospital in Karlstad for observation and checks.

The shakedown was halted for around 40-50 minutes as a result.

The full statement from the organisers read:

“At 08.38 [hours – local time] Polish competitor Michal Solowow (start #18) went off road shortly before the finish of the stage and hit an accredited photographer. The organisers rescue vehicle and an ambulance was on scene at 08.53 [hours – local time] and could establish that the man was conscious and had no serious injuries.

“The photographer was taken to the hospital in Karlstad for observation and further examination.

“Our initial assessment of the situation is that all safety procedures and routines have worked as planned.

“We will continue to monitor the situation.”

by Rob Wilkins

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Michal Solowow (POL) Maciej Baran (POL), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport World Rally Team

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February 12, 2015 12:39 PM
Last Edited 56 days ago

Obviously I hope the Photographer is fine and isn't too badly hurt, but as a retired Rally driver I have often wondered when the F.I.A and the organisers of Events will tighten up on the free movement of the Media. Yes they need great access to cover the action, but all too often they are allowed to stand in seriously dangerous places on the events. A life is a life at the end of the day. Again, as a retired Rally driver I see organisers allowing spectators to stand in areas where a Rally car could easily wipe out a few dozen spectators if something went wrong at high speed, also I have seen areas where the spectators wouldn't be in any great danger, yet the organisers ask them to move back or worse, to move on. Im not saying we should ever again allow famous scenes like Portugal in the mid 80s but spectators should be allowed to stand closer to the action in areas that are hard for a Rally car to end up. to be continued...


February 12, 2015 12:53 PM

And also the Orgainisers should clamp down on the free movement of the the Media during the events. like I mentioned above, a life is a life at the end of the day, and carrying a fancy Canon Camera will not protect you from a fast approaching Rally car at 110mph if its driver has lost control and it goes on to wipe out anything or anyone in its path. I have seen on numerous WRC events organisers being over the top tough on sensible spectators stood in good safe places, yet the media ambles by and are in no rush to move when a Rally car approaches, yet the organisers do nothing This needs to clearly change. Media should not ever be allowed to stand in places that are obviously dangerous. They should be allowed to stand inside a slow speed corner for example, but you see them in paces you know are dangerous should something go wrong

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