EYVIND Brynildsen claimed a new world-record rally jump when he sent his Ford Fiesta flying 45 metres over Colin’s Crest at Rally Sweden on Saturday.
Jumping his R5-specification WRC2 car farther than any of the top-level World Rally Car drivers, the Norwegian was a surprise winner of this year’s Colin’s Crest Award, named after the fearless 1995 World Champion Colin McRae.
The leap came on the second pass through the Vargåsen stage (SS16) and eclipsed the mark of 44 metres set by Thierry Neuville last year.
“I heard that Thierry didn’t believe that the Fiesta R5 could go that fast, but he can join me for a ride if he is unsure,” said Brynildsen, who was in fifth gear and travelling at around 165kmh when he took off.
“We had a perfect combination of corners before the crest and I knew that we had quite a lot of speed. I decided before the stage that if everything went to plan then I would try to break the record.
“I just put my right foot on the pedal and held it down. No drama!”
Previous Colin’s Crest records:
2015 Thierry Neuville 44m
2014 Juho Hänninen 36m
2013 Thierry Neuville 35m
2012 Ott Tänak 32m
2011 Ken Block 37m
2010 Marius Aasen 37m
2008 Khalid Al Qassimi 36m