(25.06.2024) Sébastien Ogier, the eight-time world rally champion, and his co-driver Vincent Landais will not participate in the ORLEN 80th Rally Poland. The Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT driver had to abandon the competition in the Masuria region after a minor accident on Tuesday during the recce of the Gołdap special stage.

Sébastien Ogier will not win Rally Poland for the third time in his career. The 40-year-old’s withdrawal is a consequence of an accident that occurred during Tuesday’s recce.

A road car driven by Ogier collided with another vehicle. The lives of the participants in the accident were not in danger, but the French rally champion and the female driver of the other vehicle were transported by helicopters to hospitals for examination. Landais and the female passenger from the other vehicle involved in the incident were taken by ambulances for examination.

The eight-time world champion will remain in hospital for observation until Wednesday (26 June) and will not be able to participate in the event. Landais has been discharged,

What is rally recce?

During recce (reconnaissance) the crews drive the special stages before the event to to get to know roads on which they will compete. During the recce, the crews are not allowed to use rally cars. They drive in road cars, in open traffic and must obey all road rules, including speed limits. The speed at which the rally crews drive during the recce is monitored by the rally organiser by means of GPS system, and any speeding is penalised.