Misfortune was baited with the world champion in his premiere at the wheel of the Hyundai i20 Coupe. Ott Tanak suffered a chilling accident at more than 170 km / h during the second leg of Friday and had to leave the Monte Carlo Rally. After being evacuated to a hospital, the first medical examinations ruled out any problem for the Estonian pilot and his co-pilot, Martin Jarveoja.
"Our priority in these situations is always, above all, the state drivers," said Andrea Adamo, head of Hyundai Motorsport. "The medical results have been clear, but they will remain admitted overnight, as is normal in these cases," added the head of the Korean team.
After losing control of the vehicle, the Estonians fell into a ditch and circled several times, taking several trees along the road. Fortunately, the security measures required for the World Cup prevented major evils and both left the car on their own feet.
21 races scoring
At the time of the accident, Tanak marched in fourth place overall, 10.3 seconds behind the lead, occupied by teammate Thierry Neuville. This is the first zero for the Hyundai leader after 21 races. His last abandonment dated to the 2018 Rally of Portugal, when his options vanished after hitting a rock in Viana do Castelo.
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