Video: Thierry Neuville hospitalised following huge Rally Chile crash
Championship leader heading into Rally Chile, Thierry Neuville, has been forced to retire from the event following a huge crash during the Maria Las Cruces test.
The Hyundai driver had been chasing down second-placed Sebastian Ogier with just 1.4 seconds splitting the duo ahead of SS8, but drifted wide and rolled his i20 eight times before eventually coming to a rest.
Neuville required medical assistance after the crash and was transferred to Concepcion Hospital for further checks.
A later update from his Hyundai team confirmed he escaped injury. Co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul is also believed to be fine.
The stage was red-flagged but has now been cleared.
Toyota's Ott Tanak currently leads the event with a 30.8s lead over Ogier, who now holds a 16.7s gap to Latvala.
#WRC ⚠️ UPDATE @thierryneuville After being examined at the hospital in Concepcion we can happily confirm Thierry has no fractures or injuries after his roll this morning on SS8! #HMSGOfficial #RallyChile— Hyundai Motorsport (@HMSGOfficial) May 11, 2019