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Alonso rolls Toyota Hilux at rally debut

  • Published on 14 Sep 2019 18:06
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Fernando Alonso failed to classify in the final results of the Lichtenberg 400 after he rolled his Toyota Hilux on his rally debut in South Africa. 

Alonso and co-driver Marc Coma were unscathed from the accident and were able to continue, but could not be classified due to the time that was lost. 

In the first loop of the event, Alonso rolled the car 23 kilometres into the course, breaking the car's windscreen. After kicking out the screen, Alonso and Coma completed the loop equipped with goggles.

Organisers of the event allowed the duo to start the second loop 15 minutes ahead of the rest of the field, as they were there to gain experience ahead of a potential entry into the Dakar Rally.

However, five kilometres into the second loop, Alonso's Hilux struck a flock of birds, causing damage to the windscreen that had been repaired at the end of the first stage.

Coma was forced to hold the damaged windscreen in place for the remaining 185 kilometres of the event. 

Despite the roll, the day was described as "positive" by a member of the Toyota team, as Alonso was running competitively in third place prior to his roll in loop one. The rally was eventually won by Henk Lategan. 


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  • Love it. The cross category racing, steep learning curve, a legend of F1 willing to risk not looking like the best at everything. It feels very old school. Racing for the love of competition, and the ego of wanting glory. Yes there is money involved, but if the motivation was money, staying with McLaren would have been an easy decision.

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    • Sep 14 2019 - 23:40
    • It is kind of cool, but you know with Alonso's ego it's a hard pill to swallow. Wish him luck though.

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      • Sep 16 2019 - 13:07
  • I expect the chassis was a GP2 chassis - which made him roll.....

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    • Sep 15 2019 - 09:46
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    • Sep 15 2019 - 14:47

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