Cyprus ERC adventure continues for von Thurn und Taxis despite rollover
Albert von Thurn und Taxis rolled his Baumschlager Rallye & Racing ŠKODA Fabia R5 during free practice for the Cyprus Rally, but will be back for the first stages on Saturday.
Approaching a slow right-hander on his second free practice run, von Thurn und Taxis ran wide and fell down a small embankment, sending his Fabia into a roll.
But thankfully for von Thurn und Taxis, who has retired from the last three ERC events, the rollcage on his Fabia was undamaged, allowing Baumschlager Rallye & Racing to get to work repairing the car for the first stages of the rally tomorrow.
“It was really silly,” explained von Thurn und Taxis. “We came in pretty sideways from the corner before, because there was a bit of a stone on the inside and we had very old tyres from testing.
“All we did was go sideways into the next right hander, clipped a bit of the inside of the corner, and there was a big stone under the grass there.
“It was just enough to clip the left-front and roll the car in relatively slow motion. So it was relatively silly.
“It was a shock. It could have been bad luck also not to start the race because the rollcage can unfortunately become quite easily damaged, even though it was only a soft roll. But it was a bit of a bummer, not a nice start to the day.”
Cyprus Rally has been a happy hunting ground for von Thurn und Taxis since he joined the ERC in 2017, recording a fifth place finish on his debut year and then finishing eighth last year.