Round nine of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship, the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, was overshadowed today by an accident involving Citroen crew Stéphane Lefebvre and his co-driver Gabin Moreau.
The pair were competing in their Citroen DS3 WRC when they went off at high speed on SS10. Lefebvre and Moreau were airlifted to hospital and were later found to have suffered “fractures and internal injuries”
“The driver and co-driver of car #10 were taken to hospital and examined after their accident in SS10,” said the organisers in a statement released earlier this afternoon. “The examinations revealed fractures and internal injuries, so they will need to stay for residential treatment. According to the doctors, their injuries are not life threatening.”
The pair had been impressing with their pace up until their accident and finished SS9 in sixth place just 18.9 seconds off Ott Tanak in fifth. SS10 was halted after the accident with nominal times being awarded to everyone who didn’t make it into the stage.
The story of the day up until this point had been the battle between Volkswagen Motorsport teammates Sebastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen and after SS10 Ogier leads by 13.2 seconds.