WRC service park pays respect to co-driver deaths

Laura Salvo and Salvatore Coniglio's lives were honored in Sardinia


Rally Italy winners Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio were joined on the podium by all the event’s class winners for a moment of reflection, as the World Rally Championship paid its own tributes to two co-drivers lost to the sport this weekend.

Spaniard Laura Salvo, 21, died when the Peugeot 208 Rally4 she was co-driving Miquel Socias in left the road and hit a tree on Saturday’s Rally Vidreiro. The accident happened on the opening stage of the Portuguese event. The organisers cancelled the rest of the stages out of respect.

Italian co-driver Salvatore Coniglio, 54, died on the second stage of Rally Valle del Sosio on Sunday. The Sicilian event was halted after the Renault Clio Williams Coniglio was sharing with Vito Parisi crashed.

Talking about his fellow Spaniard, two-time World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz said: “Today is a very sad day for the world of rallying, due to the accident and the death of Laura Salvo.

“I want to send a big hug to your family and friends.”

Sordo echoed those sentiments when he said: “My condolences to Laura Salvo’s family and friends.

“Will always remember you. Rest in peace, champion.”

Words:David Evans

Photo:Red Bull Content Pool / Jaanus Ree