06 Aug 09
Conrad Rautenbach has admitted he and co-driver Daniel Barritt were lucky to walk away from their flat-out accident on Rally Finland - and both have thanked Citroen for building the car that saved them.
Citroen Junior Team driver Rauenbach crashed on the second run through the Myhinpaa stage on the final day of Rally Finland.
He went off the road at more then 150kph, rolling the car twice. The former FIA African Rally Champion admitted it was the biggest accident of his career.
“It was a really big one,” said Rautenbach. “I think it rolled twice, but it made a real mess of the car. I have to say a very big thank you to the team and to Citroen for building such a strong car. All of the safety aspects of the car did their job. When you look at the car now, it’s incredible that Dan [Barritt] and I walked away unscathed. It’s a tribute to the team.”
Despite the severity of the crash, Rautenbach says he is ready to get back in the car and start driving straight away.
“I thought it might have scared me a little bit,” he said, “but I just want to get on with Australia right now. I’m looking forward to that event. I’m sure it’ll be a bit weird when I get in the car for the first time, but we’ll just get on with it. Like everybody says, you don’t have a small accident in Finland - and that’s certainly the case on that Myhinpaa stage, it’s one of the fastest we’ve ever been on.”