FIA launch in­ves­ti­ga­tion into fire crash

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

The FIA has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process which left Ott Tanak crash­ing into a burn­ing for­est at last month’s Rally of Por­tu­gal.

The Es­to­nian went off the road on the same cor­ner that had claimed Hay­den Pad­don’s Hyundai just min­utes ear­lier. De­spite see­ing Pad­don’s car go up in flames, the or­gan­is­ers al­lowed the stage to keep run­ning and only stopped it when Tanak landed in the mid­dle of the for­est fire. Other driv­ers re­ported sim­i­lar mo­ments at the same cor­ner.

“We want to know what was hap­pen­ing and what the or­gan­iser’s thoughts are on this,” said Jarmo Ma­ho­nen the FIA rally di­rec­tor. “That’s why we have started the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The or­gan­is­ers will make their re­port and we will con­sider that. It’s too early to say more.”

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