Stéphane Lefebvre and co-driver Gabin Moreau were injured and taken to hospital following an accident on the second day at ADAC Rallye Deutschland.
The French duo’s DS 3 WRC left the asphalt road after 12.4km of the 40km Panzerplatte stage – held in the Baumholder military proving ground – on Saturday morning.
No spectators were involved in the incident.
Lefebvre and Moreau had been lying in sixth position at the time.
The rally was stopped as medical teams attended the scene to provide assistance. Lefebvre’s official Twitter feed later confirmed that both crew members were “taken conscious to the hospital after the crash”.
ADAC Rallye Deutschland organisers issued a statement on Saturday afternoon. It read: “The driver and co-driver of car number 10 were taken to hospital and examined after their accident in SS10.
“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.”
An update on Lefevbre's Official Facebook page on Saturday afternoon confirmed that Moreau had undergone an operation in hospital. It read: "Gabin was operated on this afternoon to reduce the fracture to his left ankle.
With their families at their side, Stéphane and Gabin wish to thank the rescue teams for their actions, as well as the crews and fans who showed their support."
All of the remaining cars in the field were routed back to the rally service area in Trier after the incident and the Clerk of the Course issued the crews behind Lefebvre and Moreau with a notional time.
Lefebvre completed last year’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland in 10th place, driving a DS 3 WRC, and he won the Junior World Rally Championship category at the event in 2014.