As we ring in a new year, and say goodbye to 2014, one of my favourite personal moments in a season full of memorable moments is highlighted on WRC today! I always say that filming rally is all about putting yourself in the right place at the right time...this was a perfect example...
On our final day of filming for WRC TV at Rally Mexico, we had just exited the penultimate stage on our way back to film the podium, and turned onto "rally route". Suddenly, Latvala is in my mirrors so I pull over to let him pass. As I'm about to pull away, I glanced in the rearview and notice a Hyundai pulling over. "Hmm...lets hang on here a sec."
Sure enough, the hood goes up and I run back to see if everything is okay. Neuville is clearly flustered and in a bit of a panic. I run back to get the camera and start filming. There was some big tension here as Theirry was on speakerphone with the engineers trying to diagnose things. Got a great shot of him kicking and tearing the front bumper away. They used putty sealant to plug the hole in the rad, poured some radiator goo in the tank...then topped it off with Corona!
We chased after them (requiring a speed *cough* slightly over the speed limit!) and they stopped about 10km further on to top it up again (finishing off both Corona bottles...lucky they had saved the bottles instead of spraying them at the power stage!). We lost them at that point but they turned up at the main time control to secure third place!
And that, my friends, is why I love filming rally. Here's the video: