Let’s face it: amateur rally drivers are slightly insane. Crash a car on a race track, and you’ve got corner workers (with fire extinguishers) by your side within a minute. If you need it, an ambulance is just another minute or two away. If you race in an amateur rally series, there generally aren’t any corner workers and no one even starts looking for you unless you miss a checkpoint or two. All you generally have to keep you safe are your talents behind the wheel, your pace notes and your co-driver’s instructions.
So what if you raced in a series that didn’t allow pace notes or even pre-running the course? Then, all you’d have is you’re ability to control a race car and the guy in the seat next to you shouting commands, which is fine if you stay within the boundaries of physics. Try to re-write the laws of physics and bad things happen, as these amateur racers in Finland learned the hard way. The Finnish F-Cup Rally Series doesn’t allow pace notes, and drivers get their first look at the course as they’re driving it. This provides great amusement for spectators, who tend to flock on the inside of a decreasing radius, rain slicked gravel corner to watch the carnage.
And carnage abounds, as car after car is launched off the road and into the ditch, the forest or a local farmer’s field. I give these guys an “A” for both enthusiasm and effort, but I’m going with a D- for common sense. That Will Buff Out found this video, which was too good not to pass along.