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WATCH: MSport crew escape terrifying crash

This was the moment when Msport team Ott Tanak and Raigo Molder suffered a terrifying crash down a revine, into a lake, on Rally Mexico:

Footage courtesy of FIA World Rally Championship.

Both the driver and co-driver managed to free themselves from their harnesses before swimming to safety.

The car was submerged under water for ten hours, however the Cumbrian mechanics managed to rebuild the car in just three hours and the team were able to continue rallying.

Malcolm Wilson praises "phenomenal" effort

"After what happened to Ott and Raigo, it was just a huge relief for the entire team to see that they were both okay. For me, it was important to get them back out on the stages and that was exactly what they wanted to do. There was no deliberation, and that shows a real determination.

"The job that our technicians did to get the car fixed was nothing short of phenomenal. There were a lot of people in the service park who didn't think it could be done, but I knew that they would be more than worthy of the challenge.

"They are a true credit to this team and I am sure that their loyalty and respect for Ott and Raigo also spurred them on – the crew staying by their side until the work was complete."

– Malcolm Wilson, Msport


Cumbrian mechanics perform "miracle" in Mexico

Credit: WRC

A group of mechanics and technicians from Cumbrian have performed what's being described as a "miracle" on Rally Mexico.

MSport driver Ott Tanak suffered a spectacular crash, rolling down a revine into a lake on the opening day of the rally.

Both himself and his co-driver Raigo Mõlder managed to free themselves from their safety harnesses and swim to the edge before the car was dragged under water.

Credit: WRC

Despite the Ford Fiesta being submerged in the water for ten hours, the Msport mechanics managed to rebuild the whole car in just three hours.

The team worked through the night, with Tanak and Molder watching on. They had to replace or repair the gearbox, fuel tank, turbo, cooling package, boost control valves, electronic components, brake components, front and rear suspension and engine block.

With just minutes to spare, the engine was started and the car was able to be driven into service.

The crew returned to the rally to compete on day two.

Credit: WRC

Wylie celebrates his birthday early with GT4 win

“I’m absolutely delighted to get another British title, my first in car racing, since wining the 2010 British Open Kart Championship."

"It’s now important for me in the coming weeks to keep the momentum of this GT4 title success going by securing a seat in the GT3 category for 2015.”

– Ross Wylie
Ross Wylie and co-driver Jake Giddings celebrate Credit: Donington Park

Birthday boy races to British GT4 Championship title

Scottish youngster impressively wins major British motor racing series Credit: Donington Park

Ross Wylie has won the Avon Tyres British GT4 Championship title at his first attempt – 24 hours before his 23rd birthday.

Thornhill’s Wylie and co-driver Jake Giddings, drove their Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage home into a “safety first” fifth place in the 10th and final race at Donington Park yesterday.

Full report: Safety measures increased for rally spectators

The Scottish rally championship returns to the region this weekend with the fifth round taking place in Dumfries.

It's been almost one month since three spectators were killed on the Jim Clark rally in the Borders.

With the tragic accident fresh in everyone's minds, safety is top of the list of priorities this weekend.

Lori Carnochan has been at the rally headquarters in Dumfries.


Rally spectator stage spans a mile and a half

Hundreds of motorsport fans are arriving in Dumfries ahead of the Scottish Rally this weekend.

The event is the first round of the championship to be held after three spectators will killed at the Jim Clark in the Borders at the end of May.

Safety is a top priority on this year's event and a new spectator stage has been introduced, which will allow fans to watch the action from a safe distance:

New safety measures for Dumfries rally

The rally in Dumfries is the first since three people died at the Jim Clark rally last month Credit: ITV News Border

New safety measures will be introduced at the first major event in the motorsport calendar since three people were killed at the Jim Clark rally in the Borders last month.

The event, which takes place in the Dumfries area, forms part of the Scottish and British rally championships.

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