Careful preparation of pace notes is a huge part of rallying as drivers and co-drivers have to take note of every aspect of the stage – which corners to cut, where the road is slippery, where ditches and large rocks are, everything.
One thing they can’t prepare for, however, is the sudden appearance of a cheery-looking dog going about his business. That’s exactly what happened to Sebastian Ogier on the first stage of the Monte Carlo Rally when a particularly bold woofer chose the worst possible time to cross the road.
That's one lucky dog 🐕#RallyMonteCarlo 🇲🇨 pic.twitter.com/Lzc1IjM7k9
— Autosport (@autosport) January 26, 2018
There you have it, proof that you need to be barking mad to run out in front of a rally car.