Last year’s freak rally accident involving promising F1 driver Robert Kubica was an indication on how dangerous and life threatening rally races can be when things go beyond the driver’s control. Kubica’s rally car crashed into the railguard in which the metal pierced into his car, injuring his arm and hand. While he is fortunate to survive the accident, his F1 career is basically over for now.
Last year’s Kubica horrific accident still fresh on our minds
However the same accident happened as another rally car crashed into the barrier, with part of the guardrail entered the engine and interior of the vehicle. Unlike Kubica who is fortunate to survive the accident, the co-driver of this rally car did not survive. The accident took place during the InterContinental Rally Championship (IRC) round in Targa Florio, Italy, last Saturday on Stage 8 involving the Peugeot 207 driven by Craig Breen and co driven by Gareth Roberts on a one off round in the IRC. The British duo were also competing with the Super 2000 class in the World Rally Championship (WRC) in a Ford Fiesta (Proton Satria Neo S2000 competitor)
The terrible aftermath.
The car lost control on a left-hand bend, striking the guardrail on the right hand side in an accident that the organisers described as being similar to which Robert Kubica suffered in Italy last year. The co-driver was gravely injured and when help arrived, he was declared dead soon after. The driver, Breen meanwhile was unhurt from the accident. The rally was abandoned immediately.
The video here showing the aftermath of the crash
Roberts, who was 24 and from Wales, trained as an electrician began competing in 2004 and achieved success in the one-make Fiesta SportTrophy series. Formed a successful partnership with Breen for the start of the 2009 season which brings them the FIA World Rally Championship Academy Cup title in 2011 and now competing in the Super 2000 class in WRC, earned their first win in Monte Carlo.
Gareth Roberts 1987-2012
Our sympathies and thoughts to the departed and his family and friends.