SS15 canceled following Lappi crash

Esapekka Lappi brought down an electricity pole following his crash on Ibarrilla


The second pass of Rally México’s Ibarrilla stage has been canceled following Esapekka Lappi’s crash on Saturday morning.

Lappi headed onto the first pass, which ran as SS11, leading the rally over his old Toyota team-mate Sébastien Ogier.

But Lappi wouldn’t make it to the end after losing the rear, whacking a bank and spinning into an electricity pole.

The pole landed on top of Lappi’s Hyundai but both he and co-driver Janne Ferm were able to emerge unscathed, despite a small fire and wiping out an electricity line which was still live.

The damage done by Lappi’s accident has meant the second pass of the stage has been unsafe to run, and it has therefore been canceled with El Mosquito opening the afternoon loop instead.

Ogier currently leads the way by 24.1 seconds over fellow Toyota driver Elfyn Evans.

Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville is third, 8.7s adrift of Evans.

Words:Luke Barry