If one absolutely must crash out of professional rally event, one might as well do it with style. At least that seems to be the philosophy of Petter Solberg. The Norwegian World Rally Championship driver bowed out of the Rally of France Alsace on Saturday when he left the course, drove through a vineyard, rejoined the course briefly, drove through a second vineyard and struck a power pole. As if that weren't bizarre enough, the impact sent the pole crashing to the ground, narrowly missing spectators and sending power lines arcing across parked vehicles in the area.

Solberg started the day with his Ford Fiesta RS in fourth place overall, but ended his bout for the podium on the first stage. Fortunately, no injuries were reported as a result of the off. You can take a closer look at the scene in the video below. Trust us, you'll want to watch this one a few times.






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      David..BRAAPP
      • 2 Years Ago
      He got the first pole position...nice...lol
      Brad Jerew
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about the spectator who was under the tree the pole landed on? Nearly electrocuted and just walks off, "meh."
      PACRIMCO
      • 2 Years Ago
      He did the mash, he did the vinyard mash, it was a smash, it was a race car smash................
      ThucBiDza
      • 2 Years Ago
      dat one lucky guy at the end
      avl14
      • 2 Years Ago
      looked like he just kept going would have made it if not for that pole
      CJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love how calm navigators are.... "the road is over there."
      kevsflanagan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just envisioned in my head him going "I got this don't worry....." then at the end of the clip "I didnt have it... :( ".
      TheBull
      • 2 Years Ago
      NEVER LIFT!!!! Unless you're in this situation, then LIFT! LIFT@!!
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know anything about the regions in France. But this has crash has the potential to cost a lot of money. And that probably doesn't include the car rebuild.
      marv.shocker
      • 2 Years Ago
      WRC tip of the day: When you can't see where you're going, keep the throttle matted until forward motion ceases.
      Nowuries
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love all these armchair pundits talking about what the driver should have done and calling him names. You are all losers that wouldn't even be able to handle 1/10 the tracks that this guy has dominated. He is a superb driver, and I can only suspect that there was a mechanical reason the car wouldn't stop; you can even see the the tires spinning after he hit the pole. But of course, you would all do better than him, right?
        dmojavensis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nowuries
        Precisely. Though to be exact, Solberg himself said there was nothing wrong with the car. He stayed on throttle through the first run through the vineyard in order to return back to road, and then he simply couldn't see the road because of the leaves and branches on the windscreen. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/103156
        strachen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nowuries
        You do exactly the same thing in heavy snow. If you stop then your dead in the water. You keep your forward momentum until you see a way out. But he can truly say the pole literally appeared out of nowhere.
        centexvic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nowuries
        If any random poster on this board completely missed a turn (twice) , lost control, almost killed a dozen pedestrians and took down a utility pole without breaking or even downshifting we would all be branded idiots and fined . The guy may be normally be a superb driver but that day he was something less.
      ksrcm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, this looked like a soccer mom in a Toyota minivan. Unintended acceleration and all ...
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