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VIDEO: Petter Solberg Race Car Crash of Ford Fiesta at Rally of France Alsace 2012 (Aerial View, Interior View, Spectator View)

Sun October 07 2012 6:47 am
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View from spectators as Rally driver Petter Solberg crashes through a vineyard and into an electric utility pole during the Rally of France Alsace on Saturday Strasbourg, France.

Petter Solberg started the Rally of France Alsace 2012 race Saturday in fourth place, but lost control and veered off the roadway during the opening stage, plowed through a vineyard, and crashed into a utility pole. Several spectators were in the area of the downed power lines and rushed to safety to stay clear of the falling electric lines. The power lines arced as they hit the ground.

Aerial view from helicopter and interior view of the Petter Solberg crash at the 2012 Rallye de France.

The 2012 Rallye de France – Alsace, located in Strasbourg, France, was the eleventh round of the 2012 World Rally Championship season. The rally event was scheduled October 4–7, 2012. Strasbourg, is the capital city of the Alsace region of France. The rally was also the seventh round of the Super 2000 World Rally Championship — companion rally series to the World Rally Championship — and the fifth round of the WRC Academy.

The following Super 2000 rally cars are currently in production, or slated for production in the near future:
Fiat Grande Punto Abarth S2000
Ford Fiesta S2000
Peugeot 207 S2000
Škoda Fabia S2000
Toyota Corolla S2000 / RunX (South African version of Corolla)
Toyota Auris S2000
Volkswagen Polo S2000
MG ZR S2000
Opel Corsa S2000
Proton Satria Neo S2000

Petter Solberg; from Spydeberg in Østfold, Norway; was driving a Ford Fiesta for the Ford World Rally Team in the World Rally Championship.

Petter Solberg with better control on wet pavement and a hairpin turn at Rallye Monte Carlo 2012.

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