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WRC: Mikko Hirvonen and co-driver escape inferno in Italy

Jun 6, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

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We haven’t paid a ton of attention to the year’s FIA World Rally Championship this season – Sebastien Ogier has three wins and Jari-Matta Latvala two thus far heading into this weekend’s Rally Italia in Sardegnia.

But this was something to note.

M-Sport Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen, who’s had some appalling luck this year, had more bad luck strike him this weekend in Italy.

First, take a quick look at the picture to the right to see what the car used to look like earlier this year.

Now, below, you’ll see what it looks like now after a massive inferno engulfed his Ford Fiesta between stages 3 and 4 on the Rally Italia. The Finn and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen escaped injury though.

Here’s a quick recap via Twitter:

Hirvonen wrote this on Twitter later:

As yet, no cause has been given to why the fire occurred. “We changed the tires and checked the pressures as normal between stages and everything was okay,” Hirvonen said, via the official WRC website. “But then the car caught fire for no reason.When I was fighting the fire, the rear bumper was fine and sometimes that can break and catch on the exhaust which causes a fire. It’s strange.”

Given that blaze, we’re thankful all are OK.

  1. techmeister1 - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Definitely a bad day of racing but thankfully the drivers are OK.

  2. testover6370 - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    I really like that they took the time to confirm that the car will not be restarting tomorrow. Gotta love that rally spirit.

  3. worknman24hours - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Mikko is one of the fastest drivers bar none on the planet.

    Glad to read that he and his navigator got out o.k.

    Much props to Mikko ,dude I will NEVER ride with you.

    You are insane ,in a great way. :)

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