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Rally Insanity Part Deux; Riakkonen Rolls

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On: Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 11:56AM | By: John Welch

Rally Insanity Part Deux; Riakkonen Rolls

After posting the 'Rally Insanity' video yesterday I took a minute to peruse the other videos that came up in the original 'search'. The 2009 Rally Finland was the first big-league rally event that F1 ace Kimi Raikkonen has participated in. It is widely believed that Raikkonen will leave Ferrari after this season to go rallying full time. His first race didn't end so well, and the video after the jump says it all.

After posting competitive times in the first several stages, Kimi looked to be headed for a podium finish. Eh, it didn't quite work out like that. On the same blind corner, first Subaru driver Mads Östberg, and then, minutes later, Raikkonen roll their race cars into the woods. It is rather bizarre to see the 'Ice Man' climb out of his crippled Fiat, instead of a crippled Ferrari. Another observation: Finnish Rally fans are over-the-top ballsy! They scurry out onto the racing course after any accident, seemingly ignoring their own safety in the name of aiding the possibly injured driver. These guys are sooo helpful, signaling to on-coming cars and pushing battered, kaput cars out of the way. I'll start covering the WRC as much as I can; without a TV deal in the States it might be difficult . . .

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