Two weeks after the tragedy that struck the Rallye du Condroz 2022, costing the lives of two young spectators aged 16 and 18, it is the Rallye des Crêtes that is in mourning. Pilot Bruno Blaise died in Bellevaux after losing control of his car.
He died at the scene of the accident. His co-pilot was injured but his vital prognosis would not be engaged. Following the accident, the organization decided to stop the event.
A drama that adds to a long list since there are now at least 17 deaths during races organized in Belgium since 1995.
Ypres Rally 1995
On June 23, during a special, a car entered the crowd in an area prohibited to the public in Boezinge. A ten-year-old child dies, four people are seriously injured and five others more lightly.
1998 Spa Loops
On February 14, Bernard Munster left the road at a hairpin in Stoumont and hit spectators located in an area prohibited to the public. A 34-year-old cameraman died instantly.
Rally van from Middenkust 2002
On June 16 in Ichtegem, Thierry Dekoninck knocks down several spectators when he leaves the road. A 52-year-old man died and another 29-year-old died eleven days later in hospital from his injuries.
Condroz Rally 2003
On December 15, a 14-year-old boy was killed after being hit by Eddy Snaet’s car, which had lost control of it in Villers-le-Bouillet and entered the crowd.
Hill climb in Marchin in 2008
On July 13, driver Yves Feilner (56), from Baelen, lost control of his Renault Clio when exiting a bend. His vehicle violently hit a pole and the 50-year-old was killed instantly.
Hannut Rally 2009
On March 8, a spectator, Stéphane Lucchese, himself a rally driver, died after a power pole fell after the Dutchman Gert Huzink’s Skoda Fabia WRC went off the road.
Condroz Rally 2011
On November 12, driver Erik Moree left the road in a bend during a special at Villers-le-Temple. Two people are killed: a 25-year-old young woman and a 50-year-old man. Three other people are injured.
On May 19, Roel Vrolix and his co-driver Stef Winters died during their transfer to hospital following a road accident in the Criterium event which frames the 4th round of the Belgian championship in Bocholt. Their Mitsubishi Lancer ended up against a tree before catching fire.
Rally TBR Roeselare 2013
On October 13, rally driver Carl Lagae lost his life when he hit a tree. His wife and co-pilot Diane Boddaert was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Condroz Rally 2018
On November 3, Steve Matterne’s Skoda Fabia R5 went off the road in Ben-Ahin SS5 at 3:00 p.m. and hit a pole. His co-pilot Rik Vanlessen, 53, died on the spot.
Legend Earrings 2020
In February, during the second day of the Legend Boucles de Bastogne, a spectator from Maissin (Paliseul) was seriously injured when one of the leading pilots left the road, near Libin. He will die a few days later.
Condroz Rally 2022
The drama that is still in everyone’s memory: on Sunday November 6, 2022, exactly two weeks ago, the 2022 Condroz Rally came to a tragic end with the death of two young spectators aged 16 and 18, hit by the car of Emeric Rary and Fabrice Henry after leaving the road.