When I was learning to race cars, my instructor was adamant about one thing: in a race, no matter what happens, you keep going unless you’re on fire or don’t have any oil pressure. I came close to rolling a car once, and wanted to keep driving even after the corner worker ordered me to pit; thus, I understand the perspective of Croatian rally driver Dražen ?uri? and his co-driver, Albert Horn of Hungary. The pair was running a rally stage last April, in a heavily modified Mitsubishi Pajero, when the combination of a jump and rut caused the truck to roll on its left side. It looked like it was game over, but somehow ?uri? managed to right the truck with the steering wheel.
?uri?’ save is epic and truly the stuff of legend, but I’m not sure how much of it is skill and how much is pure luck (not that it matters, because I’ll take luck over skill any day of the week). I love the co-driver’s enthusiasm, and his words (“No problem, I’m OK, go”) sum things up well. They’re not on fire, I’m guessing he checked for oil pressure, so it’s back to hammer down. I’m sure his instructor would be proud.