A SPECTATOR was yesterday hit and rushed to hospital as he tried to catch a glimpse of the breath-taking super special stage during the Madmax National Rally Championship in Lusaka.
Business came to a standstill in town as most traders and motorists gathered along Freedom Way to watch the dare devil driving skills showcased by the drivers in the first stage of the rally before heading to Chisamba’s Graham Rae Farms for the final round today.
Never before in the history of motorsport has any rally attracted a huge crowd like the Madmax National Championship that had its super special stage in the central business district of Lusaka.
Crowd control became more of a challenge as security marshals struggled to manage the people from getting close to the route that resulted in one casualty.
Geoffrey Chulu and his navigator brother Laston in their Subaru N8 hit the boundary drum that in turn hit a spectator as they tried to negotiate a curve.
The spectator, who seemingly looked unhurt, was rushed to the hospital as the rest dared to watch the event until the end.
Some climbed on top of the buildings to have a clear view of the event that saw former African Rally Champion Jassy Singh steal the show with his swift swerves in his grandfather and eight-time African champion Satwant Singh’s Subaru N10.
His brother, Muna junior, also in a Subaru N10, displayed some spectacular moves much to the amusement of spectators.
Jassy was by press time leading with 11 cars that were yet to finish the super special stage.
A total of 21 cars started the rally.