World Rally Championship crew survives terrifying road accident in Gilgil


MOTORSPORTS World Rally Championship crew survives terrifying road accident in Gilgil

Festus Chuma 08:00 - 25.06.2023

Vasilakis and Krawszik were successfully evacuated after hitting an embankment on Naivasha-Nakuru highway

World Rally Championship driver Georgios Vasilakis from Greece and his British navigator, Timo Krawszik, were involved in a road accident on Saturday evening along the Naivasha-Nakuru highway.

The incident occurred as they were driving back to the Rally Service Park in Naivasha after hitting an embankment at the Gilgil weighbridge.

Fortunately, both Vasilakis and Krawszik managed to escape from their rally car before the medical team arrived at the scene.

Dr Raj Jutley, the rally's Chief Medical Officer, provided an update on the situation, stating that the crew managed to exit the rally car before the medical team arrived on the scene.

"Our team responded in real time after the information was relayed to our control room,” Dr Jutley said as per Nation.

A helicopter was summoned to evacuate the injured navigator, who was flown to Wilson Airport in Nairobi and then immediately rushed to the Aga Khan Hospital for medical attention.

Prior to the accident, Vasilakis and Krawszik were positioned 23rd overall in their Ford Fiesta, trailing the overnight leader, Frenchman Sebastien Ogier of Toyota, by one hour, 21 minutes, and 32.1 seconds.

The rally was set to conclude on Sunday, with the Malewa, Oserian, and Hell's Gate stages being run twice.

The incident has sent shockwaves through the WRC community, as safety is always a top priority in motorsport.

Fans and fellow competitors alike are hoping for a swift recovery for both Vasilakis and Krawszik, whose participation in the championship was unfortunately cut short.

The WRC authorities are expected to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident.