2017 champions Crazy Leo and co-driver Alex Kihurani roll their rally car into a snowbank, then keep going to win the class and finish 2nd overall in the race.
They team also won most stages in the event, outpacing not only all other Production cars, but even Open Class rally cars.
The crash was caused by a setup problem, which caused snap over-steer on corner entries. Before the accident you can see Leo struggling to keep the car straight in braking zones and on turn-ins.
Top level rally cars are very difficult to set up, and ultimate setup is often on a knife-edge; the smallest adjustment can make the car very difficult to handle.
Driver: “Crazy Leo” Urlichich, 2017 Canadian Rally Champion (Class: Production 4WD), World Rally Championship (WRC) class driver.
Co-driver: Alexander Kihurani, 2017 Canadian Rally Champion (Class: Production 4WD), World Rally Championship (WRC), European Rally Championship (ERC) class co-driver.
Car: 2017 Can-Jam Motorsports built Production Class Subaru Impreza WRX STi (2007 chassis)
Title sponsor: Race Lab Inc., Canada’s premier advanced driving school with an unparalleled track record of developing safer, more confident and highly adaptable drivers. www.racelab.co
Sponsors: Burning Rubber Tire and Speed, CSCS, Scary Gary Insurance Solutions, Millers Oils, Stripping Technologies, Valtex Glass, Top Gear Forever, Voice of Canadian Rallying, CDN Rally.
Video production: Crazy Leo Media, Angelina Lamorea, McPhantom.
Credits: Tyler Letofsky, Canadian Rally Championship (CRC / CARS), Bowes Media Inc.
Special thanks: Rally Sam, Jennifer Crandall, Miss Rally, Kaley Court, Joanna Martin del Campo
Event: 2018 Rallye Perce-Neige Maniwaki
In loving memory: Mac Calder (MacBits), Blake Hoo, Sean Smith (Rally Tuned Forever).
Watch Crazy Leo’s crash at this event with the same finishing position (2nd overall) in 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-ntbI3g8s4