For most people behind the wheel, rolling your car or sliding it into a lake would mean the end of your drive — but not for rally car racers. Two recent rally incidents caught by on-board cameras show that when the rally get tough, the tough keep rallying.
At the recent Runni Rock Ralli in Finland, rally car driver Jari Huttunen and his co-driver Marko Vartiainen lost control of their Opel Astra GSi after clipping a snow bank. The run-in caused the car to roll twice, but as soon as the Opel stopped on its wheels, Huttunen carries on and casually hits the windshield wipers to clear the snow like nothing happened.
Estonian race driver Ott Tanak had a similar experience at the Rally of Mexico in early March (watch below). After losing control of his modified Ford Fiesta on an embankment and sliding down into a lake, Tanak and his codriver Raigo Molder had to free themselves and escape the flooding vehicle as it became completely submerged. Somehow Molder held onto his racing pacenotes through the ordeal.
After recovering the car after a 10-hour soak, the rally team's crew was able to replace the flooded parts, drain the engine, and get the team back on the course to keep on racing.