WRC driver Eyvind Brynildsen has set a new record for the longest recorded jump after flying 45 meters.
Piloting a Ford Fiesta RS rally car, Brynildsen eclipsed the previous record by 1 meter and walked away with the Colin’s Crest Award, named in honor of the late Colin McRae. When he hit the jump Brynidlsen was travelling at almost 165 km/h.
The Norwegian rally driver decided before the stage that he would attempt to break the record at the course’s famed “Colin’s Crest”.
The award was first given to Khalid Al Qassimi in 2008 after he jumped 36 meters and Ken Block (37 meters) in 2011.
Talking to the official WRC website, Brynidlsen said: “I heard that Thierry (Neuville) didn’t believe the Fiesta R5 could go that fast, but he can join me for a ride if he is unsure! We had a perfect combination of corners before the crest and I knew that we had quite a lot of speed. I decided before the stage that if everything went to plan then I would try to break the record. I just put my right foot on the pedal and held it down. No drama!”