As a motorsports photographer, I spend a good deal of my time shooting making an effort not to die. That always involves making sure I have an escape route and have something solid between me and the action. When shooting rally cars here in Ontario, the options for protection are often limited, which can make for some very scary options. Rally fans in Europe however have rarely been known for using common sense when looking for a spot to view from.
At last weekend’s Jolly Rally Valle d’Aosta , Renault Clio driver Pietro Scavone overcooked a corner and went off at the exit. No surprise there, except that there were spectators directly in the path of the Renault as it took flight. Amazingly, Scavone and co-pilot Diego D’Herin were uninjured along with all of the spectators with the exception of one young lady who was taken to hospital to be treated for shock.