The 2010 IRC 2WD Cup champion went off the road at high speed on Sunday’s second stage. Although Hunt escaped unhurt when his car made contact with a tree, co-driver Durant suffered a back injury, which will require surgery.
“I don’t remember at all what happened: that’s how big the accident was,” said British driver Hunt. “We were pushing really hard to make up time and unfortunately these things can happen if you’re going for it. Accidents form part of the sport sometimes and the most important thing is that we all learn from this and come back even stronger. I’d like to thank the Bulgarian organisers and medical staff who helped us after we crashed: they did a fantastic job. Now we’re looking forward to the rest of the season. We’ve lost our championship lead but there is still absolutely everything to play for and we’re determined to get it back.”
Hunt’s failure to score in Bulgaria means he now trails new IRC 2WD Cup leader Robert Consani by 11 points. Because he will be stepping up to a Super 2000-specification Peugeot 207 on the next round, Rallye Sanremo, Hunt only has the IRC finale in Cyprus in November to overhaul his French rival and take the title.