Fine for stopped­stage crasher

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French driver Ni­co­las Ci­amin was hit with a two-minute penalty for rolling his Ford Fi­esta R2T on a Rally Fin­land stage af­ter it had al­ready been stopped.

The Drive DMACK Fi­esta Tro­phy com­peti­tor was driv­ing Oun­in­po­hja as a road sec­tion af­ter it had been neu­tralised fol­low­ing Lorenzo Bertelli’s ac­ci­dent.

Ci­amin is re­ported to have rolled four times hav­ing gone off the road at 82mph.

The stew­ards fined him 1000 eu­ros (£844) and handed him a time penalty of two min­utes for the next WRC event Ci­amin con­tests, which will be the next DMACK round in Ger­many later this month.

DDFT co-or­di­na­tor Phil Short said: “It seems he was check­ing his notes in the same way the other guys were and he was caught out. He’s learned a les­son and, as he’s said, the time penalty will hurt more than the fine.”

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