Brazil World Rally Team press release
The BWRT crew dropped out of Rallye de France second leg
Daniel Oliveira and Carlos Magalhaes retired from the rally after they went off the road.
Daniel Oliveira and Carlos Magalhaes couldn’t make their way through the second leg of Rallye de France because they had an important accident that forced them to drop out of the rally during SS15. The BWRT pair was taken to the hospital to have a medical check up.
Until that moment Daniel was flowing through stages that really suit him best and was enjoying a trouble-free run. Through fast and wide roads of the Alsace region’s mountains the Brazilian was able to keep a steady pace during the whole day and was moving up in the overall standings.
Today’s action started again in a vineyard landscape but moved quickly to the hills, through the forest and open countryside, with the stages featuring many gradients and different grip. Some stages were scarily quick with the finish downhill and there were places where the rally organizers had to put some chicanes to control the speed. In such a scenario the road conditions got even more treacherous due to permanent dirt in the corners.
Daniel’s first approach to the stages was cautious as always during the first loop; however, he left the remote service in Colmar in high-spirits and as soon as he got back on the road he tried to build up his pace for the repeated stages.
On the second run through SS13 Hohlandsbourg and SS14 Firstplan Daniel was able to practically match the pace of Mads Ostberg and Khalid Al Qassimi’s Ford, he could even manage to finish seconds behind off Matthew Wilson (Ford). On SS15 Valle de Munster and before the crash his first split was courageous enough to adventure another good perform on the stage.
Daniel’s word. “We went off the road crashed. We were taken to the hospital just for a general check-up. We’re OK. As soon as we start feeling better we will be discharged”.