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Jari-Matti Latvala Crashes, Rolls Car Down Hill In World Rally Championship Race: Video

Watch the above video and you will agree, Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila are lucky to be alive.

During this weekend’s FIA World Rally Championship in Portugal, Latvala rolled their car over a guardrail, then down a steep embankment. The car rolled 20 times and ended up 150 meters from the track.

After the two drivers escaped, Jari-Matti Latvala said:

“This was the biggest accident of my career,” said Latvala. “All was going well as we approached a right bend over a crest before a slow left corner. I was carrying too much speed into the crest and the car lifted. It hit a bank, went up onto two wheels and over the barrier. I rolled maybe 150m off the road. As we rolled there was an incredible noise and the roll cage started to fold in around us. It was very frightening.

“I should have slowed before the crest, not on top of it. I was driving with my eyes and not with my pace notes. I’ve made it a frustrating period for the team because I’ve had too many crashes. I’d like to say a big thank you to the team for building a car that is so strong that we walked away with only a few bruises. If we had suffered that accident 20 years ago, we probably wouldn’t be alive,” he added.

That’s the sort of crash you see in movies – not something you expect to see two guys walking away from. Nice job by the people who put that car together.

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