The Norwegian Solberg started the day in 4th place, narrowly missed spectators when he careened off the road on the opening stage, through a vineyard, over the same road again, into another vineyard and then for a grand finale he took out an electrical pylon. As the video shows, the wires touched the chassis of the car and trellising in the vineyard, resulting in sparks and small clouds of smoke. The good news is that, aside from a few bruised grapes, there were no reports of any injuries.
Solberg’s co-driver, Chris Patterson, stated in an interview: “Unfortunately we were pushing quite hard and we slid a tiny bit too wide on this corner here and we went into the vineyard.”
NB: A tiny bit too wide!?!? Mr. Patterson officially wins the award for understatement of the century!!!
Here is a video of the crash:
…and again from a different angle