“But I kept my foot on the brake for 40 minutes until my foot was shaking so much I thought it was going to destabilize the car, so I slowly let it go and it was still in gear so it wasn’t moving.

“But yeah, it was an interesting time. Hey, we got out, hugged the rescuers and here we are.’

Harriman is a veteran of 250 rally starts, but after this tough test, he certainly won’t forget his first encounter with Anear any time soon.

“Ari [Vatanen] always said if you crash in Finland you don’t want to hit a tree, but if you crash in Monte Carlo you want to hit a tree,” Harriman said.

“We could do with a tree.”

They were saved from a terrible fall by a stone under the threshold, which effectively held the 1200 kg car.


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