WRC: Mikko Hirvonen and co-driver escape inferno in Italy

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We haven’t paid a ton of attention to the year’s FIA World Rally Championship this season – Sebastien Ogier has three wins and Jari-Matta Latvala two thus far heading into this weekend’s Rally Italia in Sardegnia.

But this was something to note.

M-Sport Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen, who’s had some appalling luck this year, had more bad luck strike him this weekend in Italy.

First, take a quick look at the picture to the right to see what the car used to look like earlier this year.

Now, below, you’ll see what it looks like now after a massive inferno engulfed his Ford Fiesta between stages 3 and 4 on the Rally Italia. The Finn and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen escaped injury though.

Here’s a quick recap via Twitter:

Hirvonen wrote this on Twitter later:

As yet, no cause has been given to why the fire occurred. “We changed the tires and checked the pressures as normal between stages and everything was okay,” Hirvonen said, via the official WRC website. “But then the car caught fire for no reason.When I was fighting the fire, the rear bumper was fine and sometimes that can break and catch on the exhaust which causes a fire. It’s strange.”

Given that blaze, we’re thankful all are OK.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

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