The motorsport community were saddened yesterday evening and early this morning when learning that a spectator has passed away due to injuries sustained on the very first stage of the Monte Carlo Rally, the season opening round of the World Rally Championship.
The tragic incident involved the number 4 Hyundai of New Zealander Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard who spun off during the 21-kilometre opening stage which was subsequently cancelled. Following the crash, the spectator was airlifted by helicopter from the stage to the nearest hospital in Nice where the spectator later succumbed to injuries despite the best medical efforts.
According to a statement released by Hyundai Motorsport, the #4 Hyundai “crashed into the mountainside, after the car hit a patch of black ice at the entry to a left-hand turn.” The statement added that “The team and crew have pledged their full support to the event organisers and authorities to understand the full details. Hyundai Motorsport extends its condolences to the family, friends and individuals affected.”