The list of fatal World Rally Championship accidents consists of drivers and co-drivers who have died while competing in the World Rally Championship rallies. The list also includes fatal accidents in the International Championship for Manufacturers, the predecessor to the WRC, which was contested from 1970 to 1972. Well-known fatalities involving officials, spectators and team members are also involved.
The fatal accidents of the Group B era resulted in its demise. Only hours after Henri Toivonen's crash at the 1986 Tour de Corse which resulted in the death of him and his co-driver, FISA president announced that Group B cars were banned for the 1987 season. However, driver deaths peaked in 1989, when five competitors died in the first three rallies of the season. Markko Märtin's co-driver Michael Park's death at the 2005 Wales Rally GB was the first fatality in the WRC in over eleven years.
Drivers and co-driversEdit
|Name||Role||Date of accident||Event||Car||During|
|Seppo Jämsä||Co-driver||2 August 1974||1974 1000 Lakes Rally||Morris Mini 850||Rally|
|Don Daly||Co-driver||27 November 1976||1976 RAC Rally||Saab 99 EMS||Rally|
|Tomas Fuchs||Driver||14 August 1982||1982 Rallye do Brasil||Fiat 147||Rally|
|Reijo Nygren||Co-driver||26 August 1983||1983 1000 Lakes Rally||Ford Escort RS||Rally|
|Attilio Bettega||Driver||2 May 1985||1985 Tour de Corse||Lancia Rally 037||Rally|
|Henri Toivonen||Driver||2 May 1986||1986 Tour de Corse||Lancia Delta S4||Rally|
|Sergio Cresto||Co-driver||2 May 1986||1986 Tour de Corse||Lancia Delta S4||Rally|
|Jean-Michel Argenti||Co-driver||7 May 1987||1987 Tour de Corse||Peugeot 205 GTI||Rally|
|Jean-Marc Dubois||Driver||11 October 1988||1988 Rallye Sanremo||Citroën AX Sport||Rally|
|Robert Moynier||Co-driver||11 October 1988||1988 Rallye Sanremo||Citroën AX Sport||Rally|
|George Mignot||Driver||2 January 1989||1989 Swedish Rally||Volkswagen Golf||Reconnaissance|
|Bernard de Lathuy||Co-driver||2 Janury 1989||1989 Swedish Rally||Volkswagen Golf||Reconnaissance|
|Lars-Erik Torph||Driver||23 January 1989||1989 Monte Carlo Rally||Lancia Delta Integrale||Rally|
|Bertil-Rune Rehnfeldt||Co-driver||23 January 1989||1989 Monte Carlo Rally||Lancia Delta Integrale||Rally|
|Augusto Mendes||Driver||1 March 1989||1989 Rallye de Portugal||Opel Kadett GSI||Rally|
|Francis Malaussene||Co-driver||22 January 1990||1990 Monte Carlo Rally||Renault 5 GT Turbo||Rally|
|Rodger Freeth||Co-driver||18 September 1993||1993 Rally Australia||Subaru Legacy RS||Rally|
|Michael Park||Co-driver||18 September 2005||2005 Wales Rally GB||Peugeot 307 WRC||Rally|
|Jörg Bastuck||Co-driver||24 March 2006||2006 Rally Catalunya||Citroën C2 S1600||Rally|
|Name||Role||Date of accident||Event||Car||During|
|Eiichi Morinishi||Driver||February 1970||1970 East African Safari Rally||Datsun 1600 SSS||Reconnaissance|
|David Ndahura||Driver||28 March 1970||1970 East African Safari Rally||Peugeot 404||Rally|
|Cyrus Kamundia||Driver||March 1971||1971 East African Safari Rally||Datsun||Reconnaissance|
|Christian Serradori||Driver||25 June 1971||1971 Coupe des Alpes||Lancia Fulvia||Rally|
|Yves Serradori||Co-driver||25 June 1971||1971 Coupe des Alpes||Lancia Fulvia||Rally|
At the 1975 Safari Rally, a service car with four mechanics inside crashed into a parked truck near Mombasa, Kenya. Carlino Dacista, Bian Fernandez and Willie Uis died instantly. The driver David Joshi sustained serious injuries. At the 1978 Monte Carlo Rally, two mechanics, Bernard Balmer and Georges Reinier, were killed when their van collided with a truck near Gap, Hautes-Alpes. On the second day of the 1987 Rallye Côte d'Ivoire, Toyota Team Europe's Cessna 340 crashed and exploded, killing all four inside; manager and former co-driver Henry Liddon, his assistant Nigel Harris, the pilot and the navigator. Team manager Ove Andersson withdrew Toyota from the event. Prior to the accident, Björn Waldegård and Fred Gallagher had been running second in their Toyota Supra Turbo. At the 1996 Safari Rally, competed in bad weather and rain, three British mechanics drowned while attempting to cross a river in their Land Rover.
At the end of the fourth stage of the 1981 1000 Lakes Rally, Audi Sport driver Franz Wittmann and his co-driver Kurt Nestinger did not notice the flying finish which marks the end of each speed. They carried on at race speed in their Audi Quattro and crashed into a group of people standing in front of a van. Raul Falin, chairman of AKK, Finland's sporting authority for motorsport and the country's representative in the FIA, was quickly taken to a hospital but died from his injuries soon after. Boris Rung, co-founder and chairman of the European Rallycross Association and member of FIA's Off-Road Commision, survived the accident along with Green FIA observer Costas Glossotis.
At the 1978 Safari Rally, five by-passers and four spectators were killed in unrelated accidents, both involving non-competitive drivers crashing into competitors.
On the first stage of the 1986 Rally Portugal, Joaquim Santos lost control of his Ford RS200 while trying to avoid spectators on the road, crashing into a "human wall" of spectators, killing three and injuring over thirty. Following the accident, all of the factory teams - Audi, Austin Rover, Ford, Lancia, Peugeot and Volkswagen - withdrew from the event.
At the 1995 Rally of the Thousand Lakes, one spectator was killed when Bruno Thiry ran over her. According to some reports the spectator was unable to hear the car coming due to the sound of the crowd.
At the 1996 Rally of the Thousland Lakes, one spectator was killed and 36 injured when Kristen Rikhard lost control of his Mitsubishi Lancer due to high speed and a wrong driving line. Rikhard hit the crowd at 40 km/h.