The first round of the 2020 WRC season ended badly for the reigning champion Tanak as he made his debut for the Hyundai team.
During the fourth stage, Tanak ran slightly wide while travelling at well over 100mph and ended up tumbling down the hillside, eventually coming to rest on a completely different part of the road.
🇲🇨 Rallye Monte-Carlo 2020
✅ ES4 | St-Clément-sur-Durance – Freissinières 1 (20,68 km)
🚩 Grosse sortie de route pour Ott Tänak. L'équipage est OK.#WRC #HMSGOfficial #RallyeMonteCarlo pic.twitter.com/kvWtBXMbuP
— Sébastien Loeb – Ma ligne de conduite (@SebLoebMLDC) January 24, 2020
TÄNAK: 📺 Video clip of @OttTanak’s big off on SS4 of Rallye Monte-Carlo 2020. Crew are OK 🇲🇨 @OfficialWRC | @HMSGOfficial | @fia | #WRCLive | #WRCjp | #WRC | #RallyeMonteCarlo 📹 @T_Tuominenpic.twitter.com/LuJXhzkfpr
— Rallying UK 🌐 #WRC (@RallyingUK) January 24, 2020
Glad to see that both Tanak and Jarveoja are OK, this was a seriously huge and scary crash. Bless those safe cars from @OfficialWRC.#WRC pic.twitter.com/FBCuaZ4jcT
— Emīls Grintāls (@EmilsGrintals) January 24, 2020
Incredibly – and thankfully – Tanak and Jarveoja were somehow OK, though they’ve both been taken to hospital for precautionary checks.
The car though… that’s definitely seen better days.
Crash aftermath #Tänak
camera 📸 @RaitsKv pic.twitter.com/L7BIk7gur3
— Valmar Viisel (@paddocknews) January 24, 2020