Organizers Of Swiss Hillclimb Fined For Violations Resulting In Hammond Crash Of Rimac Concept_One

1 month ago by Motorsport.com 4

Hammond escaped the crash under his own power before the Rimac Concept One caught fire

Organisers of the Swiss hillclimb in which TV presenter Richard Hammond suffered a huge crash have been fined just over $5,000 by its national sporting authority.

Remains of a Rimac Concept One (1 of only 8)

While filming for Amazon’s The Grand Tour TV show, Hammond crashed the 1200hp Rimac Concept One electric hypercar at a left-hand bend after the finish line of the Hemberg Bergrennen course, somersaulting 300-metres off the road.

The former Top Gear star crawled from the wreckage with a fractured knee, before the $1million car burst into flames, sustaining even more damage.

Hammond was not an active participant in the event, which was the opening round of the Swiss Hillclimb Championship, but was filming during ‘show runs’ alongside fellow presenters Jeremy Clarkson (in a Lamborghini Aventador S) and James May (in a Honda NSX).

The Swiss sporting authority, Auto Sport Schweiz, today announced the punishment to the event’s organisers via its independent disciplinary committee.

It ruled that the show runs did not conform to the FIA’s International Sporting Code, and that the incident – which attracted worldwide attention – acted against the interests of the sport.

A fine of CHF5,000 ($5,141) was handed down, with race director Christian Muller and three sports stewards Hermann Muller, Karl Marty and Daniel Lenglet handed suspended six-month licence suspensions.

It is understood that the future of the event is now in jeopardy.

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4 responses to "Organizers Of Swiss Hillclimb Fined For Violations Resulting In Hammond Crash Of Rimac Concept_One"

  1. Mrph says:

    Dumb ass Hammond party breaker 🙂

  2. mark says:

    they needed a scape goat, they got their scapegoat.

  3. Fabian says:

    Only 5k and this is news? It should have been MUCH higher IMHO.

  4. Nix says:

    So Top Gear not only ruins a very limited edition EV supercar, but they also put the entire event into jeopardy.

    Typical

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