Video: The crash that means America’s WRC duo will miss Ypres

Following their dramatic crash in Estonia, Sean Johnston and Alex Kihurani have reassessed their plans

Sean Johnston and Alex Kihurani will miss their planned trip to the Ypres Rally next month in order to properly recover from their violent accident on Rally Estonia.

Johnston carried a little too much speed into a tightening, high-speed left-hander on the final stage of Friday – the same corner that rally winner Kalle Rovanperä was wayward on – and rolled his Citroën C3 Rally2 over eight times.

Both he and Kihurani were taken to hospital but cleared of any serious injuries, although both were understandably shaken and a little concussed from the roll.

Sean Johnston

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“For sure the spirit is let’s get back out immediately, I already can’t wait to get back in a rally car,” Johnston told DirtFish.

“We’re going to take a short break so we’re dropping Ypres from the calendar to make sure we have time to properly recover. I feel some slight concussion symptoms, nothing big but I didn’t have bigger concussion from the crash in Sardinia last year so that’s now two moderate concussions in a year, so I want to get some professional guidance on that,” he added.

“That would be the only thing to push us beyond Acropolis which is the current plan to be back. I have every intention and desire to be in the car for Acropolis for sure.”

Hit play to relive the crash that has reassessed the WRC’s American rallying crew’s plans and hear Johnston and Kihurani’s descriptions of what happened.