Brought to you by: Monaco Life
Warning: This video contains graphic content.
During the opening stage Thursday of the Monte-Carlo Rally, #4 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC driver Hayden Paddon flipped his vehicle, which resulted in the death of a spectator.
30-year-old Paddon and navigator John Kennard were heading into a left-hand bend when they slid off the icy road and hit a bank, flipping the car on its side.
It’s uncertain whether the car directly struck the victim, a Spanish photographer in his early fifties, who was unconscious when emergency services arrived on the scene, or whether the impact caused the man to fall from the embankment.
He was airlifted to Pasteur Hospital in Nice but died soon after.
Paddon and Kennard were not injured.
In a statement, the Automobile Club de Monaco confirmed, “The spectator was transported by helicopter from the stage to a hospital in Nice. Despite the best efforts of the medical staff, the spectator has sadly died.”
Stating that an investigation has been launched into the incident, ACM added, “Everyone associated with the event extends their deepest sympathies and condolences to the families, friends and individuals affected.”
Hyundai Motorsport, in an official statement, also extended its condolences and said, “The team and crew have pledged their full support to the event organisers and authorities to understand the full details.”
On Friday, Mr Paddon, who has withdrawn from the rally, posted a statement:
“Firstly, our thoughts are with the family and friends of the spectator involved,” said Paddon.
“No matter the circumstances, this is never something we want to see.
“Secondly, John and I are humbled by all the messages of support at this time. Obviously, my thoughts are with the family and that is my only concern at the moment. Not being able to return home to New Zealand does make it a little tougher but it is important we stay strong.
“I do want to take this chance to ask people not to speculate. Irrespective of how and why the accident happened, finger pointing will not change anything. The most important is that we learn from this and I am committed to work with the FIA and rally organisers relentlessly to ensure this does not happen again.”
Article first published January 20, 2017.
The AS Monaco Basketball team dominated their Spanish opponent from Unicaja Malaga on Wednesday night with a crushing 90 to 71 victory.
The first regatta of the year in the Principality was won by an Italian team captained by Claudia Rossi on the Petite Terrible-Adria Ferries at the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series.
The Red and Whites have gone three for three, starting the second half of the Ligue 1 season with a three-two win against Montpellier on the opponent’s home turf.
Boris Herrmann has hit a patch of doldrums in the Atlantic during this late stage of the Vendée Globe, saying that “the sea and sky are messy.” But progress is still being rapidly made.
This coming Saturday, the “Prix Princesse Charlène de Monaco-Charity Mile” race takes place at the Hippodrome in Cagnes-sur-Mer, in association with the Côte d’Azur Racing Society.The Charity Mile began in South Africa in 2006 and has developed into a Group Two competition, a hot ticket on the galloping calendar. Now, after months of preparation for HSH Princess Charlene's first Charity Mile, including the Princess personally choosing the eighteen local charities and foundations, the draw matching an individual horse to an association was held out at the Monaco Yacht Club on Thursday morning, with Gareth Wittstock, the Princess's brother, and François Forcioli-Conti, President of the Côte d’Azur Racing Society presiding. [caption id="attachment_12772" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo: Axel Bastello/Palais Princier[/caption] In a brief speech, Mr Forcioli-Conti thanked Princess Charlene for her involvement, and for lending her name to the event, which will help to revitalise the sport at a local level. Saturday’s Charity Mile at 3:05 pm will be preceded by one of France’s most distinguished horse races – the Défi du Galop – which should get the crowds fired up. French jockey Christophe Soumillon, ranked number two worldwide according to Longines World's Best Jockey, will be competing Saturday and the winner of the 1st Charity Mile will be awarded the Princesse Charlène of Monaco prize. A donation of €50,000 will be made to eighteen charities. The Cagnes-sur-Mer racetrack is one of the most important in France, as many trainers use this for pre-season training thanks to the favourable climate of the Côte d’Azur. British-born John Hammond, who has been a thoroughbred horse trainer in France for 30 years, is a fan on the Hippodrome in Cagnes-sur-Mer. Speaking by phone, he told Monaco Life, “It’s the one place in Europe with sunshine all year round, and it’s well run.” With its all-weather surface and unique seaside setting, the Hippodrome in Cagnes has more individual race days than any other racetrack in France. “It’s very cosmopolitan” Mr Hammond said, “and well-known to the expat community from Antibes to Nice to Monaco.” Based in Chantilly, in northern France, Mr Hammond has trained several Group One champions, including the winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the country’s most famous race. This 2,400-metre event, described by some as more fun than Ascot, usually falls on the first Sunday in October and is popular with Brits. Horse racing is a fascinating mix of nature, business and the unknown, Mr Hammond explained. "To those who've never been, I say, 'Come along, it's fun, you'll enjoy it. It's always been known as the Sport of Kings, but it's the King of Sports too!' "This particular race is a great initiative, a brilliant innovation. Good on the Princess!" Mr Hammond, unfortunately, is not able to attend Saturday but was quick to emphasise that the Côte d’Azur racing community and Hippodrome are “touched” by the Charity Mile initiative, which has never been done before. “Princess Charlene’s name adds prestige and a connection to this event. It’s fantastic for the charities and new and exciting for the racing world. “And as a handicap race, it will be very competitive to see who has the right horse with the right conditions on the right day.” Entry to the Charity Mile, the Défi du Galop and all other races on Saturday is €4.50 (free for under-18) and there’s plenty of free parking. The day kicks off at 1 pm.