Fire halts Horsey in Turkey
26 year old Kenyan rally driver Peter Horsey and his Tanzanian based navigator Moses Matovu retired from WRC Rally Turkey in dramatic style when their Mitsubishi Evo X caught fire and was totally destroyed during the opening day of action on the
Istanbul based event.
Horsey and Matovu, one of the five Pirelli Star Drive crews, had a strong start to their World Rally Championship debut, setting the third fastest stage time amongst their peers on the opening test. However their impressive performance was short lived. The pair survived a slow roll mid way through the second stage but with the hot exhaust resting on dry grass the ground under the Mitsubishi ignited. The pair tried in vane to extinguish the flames but sadly within minutes Peter saw his hopes of a strong WRC Rally Turkey result, quite literally, go up in flames.
Peter; I am speechless. We had a really good run on the opening g stage, no heroics and I was happy with our performance. The roll on Stage 2 was just one of those things that happen. It was really slow and we did minimal damage to the car, but the grass underneath caught fire so quickly and once the car was burning there was nothing we could do!
Phil Short, team principal; what happened to Peter and Moses today was really cruel! They had a good run through the first stage and then to loose the car that way is just awful! Of course we hate to see a car burn down but at least both crews are okay! Now we must prepare the spare car for them to use in Portugal.
Peter and Moses will spent the rest of the weekend supporting their fellow Pirelli Star Driver recipients as they face a further two tough and gruelling days in the picturesque countryside south of Istanbul. The top PSD driver is currently Ott Tanak who leads Group N and is also an impressive tenth overall!