Jari-Matti Latvala failed to stop and check on the photographer he hit in a low-speed crash during Stage 11 of the Rallye Monte-Carlo, and the World Rally Championship isn’t happy about that. Latvala claimed that poor visibility kept him from seeing the man on his hood, and the series didn’t buy that excuse.
Modern WRC cars might not have the horsepower of their Group B grandfathers, but they are still hugely quick thanks to advances in their tires, suspension, and (as you can see here) all-wheel drive.
This is impossibly sweet.
This is what rally drivers refer to as 'a moment.'
In case you need extra proof that rally drivers have some of the biggest balls in motor racing, check out the highlights from the World Rally Championship's Rally Spain. Even the 0 car that sweeps the course before the drivers are released was having fun.
Er, more than a little bit.
Audi Quattros didn't disappear after the Group B years. They're still around running historic rally and, as you can see, going airborne.
These guys are certainly making the most of each of their two.
Jari-Matti Latvala was leading the historic cars category in Rally Estonia until this happened. Audi decided to ditch its gear stick, forcing Latvala to re-invent manual shifting by popping the hood and selecting the third, to make the car mobile again.
This is professional WRC driver Jari-Matti Latvala on his day off in a historic rally. He is about to give you a lesson in how to drive like a raging lunatic.
The World Rally Championship kicks off this weekend and every team has been out testing on the freezing roads around Monte Carlo. We have our eyes on Jari-Matti Latvala in a factory Ford Fiesta RS, so watch him tear through the scenery in beautiful high-def.