Two people, including a co-driver in a historic rally car and a spectator, were killed at the Panzerplatte at a support race for the WRC round in Germany.


A Dutch driver lost control of his Triumph and hit a group of trees according to, and his co-driver and a spectator were fatally injured.

The video above is not of the actual incident, but from a stretch of the "Panzerplatte" stage along the rally course today, nearby to where the tragedy occured. The Panzerplatte sits on a disused military base that was designed for tank warfare training, and as such it consists of many hills and tight bends. I posted the video above to show just how close spectators were getting to the race, which is typical of rally events.


Of course, we'll update you as we get more information.

UPDATE: Reports are coming in that the two people killed were not a spectator and a co-driver, as we initially heard, but rather the co-driver and the driver himself. The second run of the stage has been cancelled at this time.

UPDATE #2: The Rallye Deutschland organizer has released the following statement:

It is with great sadness that the organiser can confirm an accident took place this afternoon at the Arena Panzerplatte involving a historic car participating in a non-competitive demonstration programme.

The car, driven by a Dutch pairing, left the route near the Gina crest. The emergency services were on the scene immediately to assist but despite their best efforts the injuries sustained by both the driver and passenger proved fatal. No one else was involved in the incident.

Everyone associated with the event extends their deepest sympathies and condolences to the families, friends and individuals who are being touched by today's terrible tragedy.

The second passage of Arena Panzerplatte has been cancelled and the competition cars have been re-routed back to the Service Park in Trier.

The rally will continue on Sunday according to its itinerary.

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