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blackandgold 09-18-2005 11:53 PM

WRC loses a co driver
 
I would love to be happy about Solberg's win but it shouldn't have even happened. Michael Park , co-driver to Markko Martin, died in a rally car accident[:(] . Some of you might know him because he was with Markko at Ford as well.

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PapoSwing 09-19-2005 09:40 AM

My god, I'm very familiar with the guy. Ths is terrible news, and just as so many good things were happening in Wales with McRae's return and all the excellent performances under the conditions, this is a real tragedy.

For those of u who don't know Markko Martin used to drive the Focus up til 05 when he switched to Peugeot, and is considered one of the best rally drivers around. I'm curious to see exactly what happened, well my prayers go out to his family.

Oni 09-19-2005 10:07 AM

From what I've heard and read, Markko Martin came around a high spend bend and lost control. The car was hit on the passenger side "instantly killing" Michael Park. I was shocked to hear this. In the last five years that I've been watching the WRC, I've seen some horrible wrecks, but no one has ever been killed. It's just very disheartening to hear about something like this with how much safer the sport has become. I just wonder how Markko Martin is handling this right now.

Domesticated Focus 09-19-2005 10:16 AM

Wow... I loved watching rally races ever since I first saw one in June of 2000. I have also seen some horrible crashes, but never a death had resulted from any of them. The main reason why I wanted my first car to be a Focus (since I was 14) was because of rally races (too bad I didn't get a hatch). Man...


I don't mean to ask such a distasteful question, but what exactly did the car hit to end the co-driver/navigator's life?

Oni 09-19-2005 10:37 AM

When he came around a left bend with speed, the car's passenger side struck a tree. Other than that, the details of the wreck have not been released. I would assume out of respect for the family and the driver.

Domesticated Focus 09-19-2005 11:04 AM

oh ok I see. I would like to add my name to the increasing names of those who are giving their deepest sympathies to Michael Park's family.

lunarc 09-19-2005 11:11 AM

Wow that is really sad...he will be missed

SVT_BMXer 09-19-2005 11:21 AM

atleast he went doing what he loves

PapoSwing 09-20-2005 08:04 AM

Wales was extremely slippery this year, many cars had problems. I also wonder how Martin is handling this tragedy. I hope he understands that even though he was driving, accidents do happen and unfortunately so do fatalities.

blackandgold 09-20-2005 08:37 AM

He isn't handling it very well right now...neither would I.[:(]

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