It’s never a good sign when the World Rally Championship feed cuts abruptly to the map after an off, but that’s what happened when then-WRC2 leader Kalle Rovanpera went off on Stage 17 of Rally Argentina today. Fortunately, no one was hurt despite the fact that Rovanpera’s Skoda flipped right over a fan’s tent.
Rovanpera lost control on the stage road and started to roll after hitting the side of the road, which went into what appears to be a spectator campsite. A fan video shows his car flipping over a tent in the area, which was met by a chorus of gasps from fans across the road.
Fortunately, the only damage in the roll was to Rovanpera’s car and the items in the campsite. Rovanpera tweeted that he and his codriver Jonne Halttunen were both okay right after the roll, and a WRC spokesman confirmed to Jalopnik that no spectators were injured as well.
Holy crap, I’m glad no one was in that car.
Rovanpera ceded the WRC2 lead to Pontus Tidemand right before the final and eighteenth stage of the rally. (WRC2 is a sort of second-tier class at World Rally Championship events for drivers working their way up into the main WRC show.) Toyota driver Ott Tänak has the overall main-class WRC lead in the rally at the time of this writing.