The Monte-Carlo Rally got off to a fiery start on the Morning of Saturday, January 21, as the car of Swiss rally champions Jonathan Hirschi and co-pilot Michaël Volluz caught fire after sustaining a puncture midway through the ninth special stage of the event . As a result of the spontaneous combustion, the rally was paused while medics rushed to the aid of Volluz, who had been exposed to smoke and fire.
#RallyeMonteCarlo VW Polo GTI R5 (Hirschi) on fire [email protected] @ACM_Media #WRC pic.twitter.com/Ohx4kVMqcI— eWRC-results (@eWRCresults) January 21, 2023
An air ambulance was called in, and Volluz was airlifted to the Pasteur II hospital in Nice where the Swiss co-pilot was treated for burns to his hand and underwent a check-up. Reassuringly, Volluz left the hospital on Saturday afternoon.