Rally Champ Sebastien Ogier, 40, Hospitalized After Pre-Race Cras

Rally Champions Injured in Shocking Pre-Race Accident in Poland.

by Nouman Rasool
Rally Champ Sebastien Ogier, 40, Hospitalized After Pre-Race Cras
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Oh, what an unfortunate accident that has taken eight time world rally champion Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Vincent Landais out of commission before this week’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) race in Wlosty, Poland.

This happened on Tuesday on a rather tiny dirt road with the public still having access to the area during pre-race practice. Ogier and Landais driving a Toyota Yaris claimed that they hit a Ford in the middle of the road, resulting in an exchange of impacts and both drivers being rushed to nearby hospitals as were their passengers, a local couple.

Similarly, after the first treatment, Landais was released from the hospital while Ogier is still being monitored by the doctors after a severe accident, as per Associated Press.

Rally Crash Aftermath

Even though the accident appears to be catastrophic on the surface, Toyota Gazoo Racing has noted no severe injuries were reported during a medical checkup.

But, in particular, Ogier is to miss the planned entry at the 74th Rally Poland, which is the championship’s return to the country after 7 years. It spoils a fruitful non-professional season to the accomplished French racer and his Belgian co-driver.

The pair had won WRC races this year in Croatia and Portugal, and Mikkelsen and Ostberg in particular were among the most dominant teams in WRC in 2013 to 2018, having won the championship six consecutive times. In their absence the factory Toyota team has called up rally sensation Kalle Rovanperä and co-driver Jonne Halttunen in place of this weekend’s rally stage which is to be held at rural northeastern Poland in the area of Kaliningrad, Russia.

While the drivers’ families and fellow competitors rally together to help the injured Ogier, everybody looks at the icon’s well-being and the possibility to resume racing in Poland. The accident that happened has been very significant in ensuring Toyota Gazoo Racing is now focused on drivers’ safety and how to avoid such incidents in future as the team progresses.