• Apr 13, 2011
Kym Illman's Mitsubishi Evo misses a turn – Click above to watch video after the jump

Apparently, "left four and a half after crest" is code for 'hold on tight!'

Kym Illman and co-driver Kirrilee Gentleman were cruising along a late stage of the 2011 Targa Tasmania. Their Mitsubishi Evo IX was running well and Gentleman was shouting out the guidance so Illman could keep pushing. Apparently, however, the pair got mixed up on one crucial route point – a slow left immediately following a fast straight with a crest at the end.

As Gentleman tried to point out the rapidly approaching "left 4.5 after crest," Illman was trying to clarify what he heard. They didn't have time for that, however, because the car went light over the crest while traveling approximately 190 kilometers per hour (118 miles per hour). Again, left four and a half after crest!

"LEFT FOUR AND A HALF AFTER CREST!"

Brakes don't work too well in this particular situation, so the Evo flew right through the turn, and wound up in the Tasmanian countryside.

"Sorry."

Thankfully, neither driver or co-driver were hurt. The video cameras were rolling, providing footage from two angles. The first angle shows us Kym and Kirrilee's vantage point while the second reveals just how violently the jolt shock the co-driver. Illman was wearing a HANS device while Gentleman, sadly, was not. Click past the jump to see the clip.

[Source: Youtube]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      She was so lucky she wasn't hurt. Why wasn't she wearing a hans device?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want to fly like a EVO

      lol

      Sad day for that EVO IX though they got lucky it looked like the car wanted to flip a couple of times
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn female backseat drivers...
      • 3 Years Ago
      And nothing of value was lost.
        • 3 Years Ago
        oh, did you go lay on the highway?
      • 3 Years Ago
      that will buff right out
      • 3 Years Ago
      yep yep yep . . . yep yep thats a ride or die girl haha
      • 3 Years Ago
      So...

      Who wants to take a guess at how bent the chassis is?
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The first angle shows us Kym and Kirrilee's vantage point"

      They were sat on the roof?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ouch. But in the rally world, that wasnt really that bad. I remember a few years back when Francois Delacouer (sp?) was piloting his EVO and hit a tree head on in Rally Australia, doing about the same speed. The car came to a dead stop instantly, and the engine was ripped off its mounts, blew through the hood, and landed 50 yards from the EVO, on fire. Francois was shaken up, but his co-driver suffered broken ribs, fractured pelvis, bruised lungs, and a concussion. Crazy stuff.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I couldn't imagine rallying with my wife as co-driver. It just wouldn't work at all. That's cool that they can do that together.
      • 3 Years Ago
      *soaring through the air*

      "Sorry."

      That cracked me up pretty good.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He was just looking for an excuse to touch her thigh. Well played.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Stop short!!!! Seinfeld anyone?? Ehhhh?
        • 3 Years Ago
        But he missed the opportunity for the hand-to-passengers-chest move. What if the 5 point failed?!
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