The 2017 season of the FIA World Rally Championship is up and running on the icy roads of Monte Carlo. But it was a bitter start to the season as a spectator got killed after the crash in the very first stage of the Rally Monte Carlo.
With the new regulations, the new WRC cars are aggressive in terms of design with dramatic aero upgrades. The first stage of the rally kicked off yesterday night. The Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC driven by Hayden Paddon crashed in the icy conditions.
The Kiwi driver slid off a left-hand corner due to icy conditions, The car's rear end hit the bank of the corner. According to reports a spectator was standing on the bank and was hit by the WRC car.
In the initial report, it was said that the spectator was badly injured and the emergency crews attended the injured spectator. But later it was announced that the spectator has died.
A statement released by WRC read, "The Automobile Club de Monaco regrets to advise further details following incident of the car #4 in SS1. The spectator was transported by helicopter from the stage to hospital in Nice. Despite the best efforts of the medical staff, the spectator has sadly died."
Hyundai Motorsport has withdrawn the car number #4 involved in the crash and will not be competing in the first round of the WRC. Stay tuned for all the updates from WRC.