Michael Louli and co-driver Jim Adams were racing their second generation Subaru WRX at the Targa Newfoundland rally and miscalculated a turn. The driver comes around the curve and realizes he’s in deep stuff and somehow miscalculated the course. He immediately locks up the brakes, skids across the lawn and slams nose first hard into the house. Watch what happens after the crash.
The co-driver, Jim Adams gets out quickly studying his notebook pages. Someone nearby asks if he’s ok and he says, calmly, “I’m ok” and just walks away looking at his notes to see where he made a mistake. The safety equipment on the WRX definitely did its job and both driver and co-driver walked away with no injuries. This could have ended up badly with both having serious injuries.
Targa Newfoundland is the first and only even of its kind to be held in North America. Each September motorsports enthusiasts gather in the eastern most providence of Canada to push their rally cars to the extreme limits. The rally features a 1,500 kilometer course with scenery and intense competition. Competitive sections are held on roads closed to the general public and comprise 30 percent of the total course. As this Subaru WRX rally team found out, they come very close to the homes that line the course.