Saturday | 13 Feb 2016

Brynildsen claims new Colin's Crest record

Rally Sweden organisers have declared a new world record after Eyvind Brynildsen sent his Ford Fiesta flying for 45 metres from Colin's Crest on Saturday.

Jumping his R5-specification car further than any of the top level World Rally Car drivers, Norway's Brynildsen was a surprise winner of this year's Colin's Crest Award, named in honour of the 1995 World Champion Colin McRae.

The record-breaking leap came on the second pass through the Vargåsen stage (SS16) and eclipsed the previous record of 44 metres set by Thierry Neuville in 2015.

“I heard that Thierry didn’t believe that the Fiesta R5 could go that fast, but he can join me for a ride if he is unsure!" said Brynildsen, who was in fifth gear and travelling at around 165kph when he took off.
“We had a perfect combination of corners before the crest and I knew that we had quite a lot of speed. I decided before the stage that if everything went to plan then I would try to break the record. I just put my right foot on the pedal and held it down. No drama!”

Previous recipients of the Colin's Crest award

Year Driver Distance
2015Thierry Neuville44m
2014Juho Hänninen36m
2013Thierry Neuville35m
2012Ott Tänak32m
2011Ken Block37m
2010Marius Aasen37m
2008Khalid Al Qassimi36m

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