Rally racing, like virtually every other form of motorsport in the world, is a dangerous activity. As much as we love watching a talented driver negotiate a tricky off-road race course with skill and luck, crashing is no doubt part of the experience as well. And crashes happen rather often in the world of rallying.

During the 2012 Rally Mexico, which took place from March 8-11, 2012, there were two drivers who started the race but were forced to retire after crashing out. One of those was Evgeny Novikov, who ended his race in spectacular fashion after the roof vent of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC blew away, causing the cabin to fill with dust and debris. As the commentators point out, he was truly driving blind, at least until he veered off course and crashed.

When we say Noviko crashed, what we really mean is that he flipped, rolled and generally demolished his Fiesta rally car with a vengeance before ending up on the roof. See for yourself by watching the video below.


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      Cain Gray
      • 2 Years Ago
      OUCH! Gotta give it to the engineers who design the safety in these cars!
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want WRC on tv in North America.
        Redline
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Try this for now: www.youtube.com/user/bestofrallylive
        bazinga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        There was a half-assed attempt at WRC coverage in 2010; if I remember correctly, it aired at 11:00pm (pacific standard time) on a Sunday on the History channel. I would have missed it if I didn't remember to set my DVR.
      Bryan Lund
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whoa...hats off to the automotive engineers who designed that roll cage system. Amazing that they're both OK. You could see it coming, though. Fatigue caused that crash, it surely wasn't the Ford Fiesta's integrals.
      Andy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Outside footage seemed a lot worse than the inside. Great footage regardless.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's amazing how take took hits rolling and flipping in that car multiple times, and then stand on their own feet once they get out.
      Blackstar
      • 2 Years Ago
      "He'll hope to put this incident behind him, as quickly as possible.... but we won't because we have it all on instant replay, lets run that footage again Bob..."
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      too bad K Block wasn't behind that wheel oh wait, he couldn't be because he is a lousy 17th and Novikov is up in 6th. And to flip a car like that you have to drive fast. Funny how big the difference is between them given they are essentially both driving M-Spors Ford Fiesta RS WRC cars. Maybe that's because Evgeny is a real driver working for a real team, and Ken is a 45 year old shoe sales man driving for Monster - who don't even run a full WRC calendar. I don't even get the point of KB.
        imprezawrc03
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Ken Block actually finished 9th last week.
        Xenovitalis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Holy ****, where did this rant come from? Go spew your hate (jealousy) somewhere else.
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      Dater Date
      • 2 Years Ago
      "but were forced to retire after crashing out" Dater D of http://www.datingflux.com/blog It is a common experience to see these car racers crashing out before their time. Thanks to the safety measure that are been employed these days that is making the accidents to be less fatal like the early days. Hilly and strong rocky places should be avoided to make the rate of accident injury come down.
      Dater Date
      • 2 Years Ago
      "but were forced to retire after crashing out" Dater D of http://www.datingflux.com/blog It is a common experience to see these car racers crashing out before their time. Thanks to the safety measure that are been employed these days that is making the accidents to be less fatal like the early days. Hilly and strong rocky places should be avoided to make the rate of accident injury come down.
      action3500
      • 2 Years Ago
      Novikov is 21 now. He's been rallying since early age and as far as I can remember been professionally competing since around 16.
      • 2 Years Ago
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