Two British men in their early twenties were killed in the high Alps when their rally ended abruptly as their high-powered sports car plunged from near Austria’s highest mountain pass.
Danny Hall, 22, and Josh Robinson, 25, were participating in the 1,500 mile long Great European Rally, an eight day drive through seven countries. Their Seat Leon fell 400 metres from the Grossglockner High Alpine Road near the village of Fusch.
The pair had spoken of the dangers of the sport to their online fans.
In one message a few days before their death, one said: “….well guess what my friends, today there’s a 100% chance you will die and it will f***ing hurt.”
Josh Robinson and Danny Hall 22, from Ashford in Kent were thrown from their car as it plunged off the cliffs near Grossglockner, Austria’s highest peak. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Guardian reports:
The pair, aged 22 and 25, had been posting updates of their trip online, including video footage as they drove through the mountains.
The men died when their Seat Leon fell 1,312 feet (400 metres) from the Grossglockner High Alpine Road near the village of Fusch, 60 miles east of Innsbruck.
A day earlier Robinson posted on his Facebook page that he was “feeling determined” to take on the Grossglockner leg of the trip with Hall.
The 12,460ft Grossglockner is Austria’s highest peak and one of the highest in the Alps.
On Wednesday the pair posted footage in which they told of the dangers they faced on the rally.
Robinson said: “A biker’s just been killed so we’re kind of taking a bit of a pit stop – bringing it home though how dangerous it is.”
In footage posted later that day one of the men said: “The difference in driving around, like, town where there’s like a 50% chance you will die at high speeds, well guess what my friends, today there’s a 100% chance you will die and it will f***ing hurt.”
Yesterday the pair were thought to have been following a Porsche driven by a 42-year-old British man.
He contacted police after the men failed to turn up at a planned rendezvous with him or at a glacier further along the route.
In a tribute online Robinson’s father Marcus wrote: “Josh Robinson you have broken my heart but I forgive son your always be my little boy, daddy going to bring you home babe” (sic).
Dover Athletic football club wrote on Twitter: “Our condolences go out to the friends and family of supporter Danny Hall, who tragically passed away today.”
In a description of the event on its website the Great European Rally promises to make drivers “look like rally legends”.
Organises describe the Grossglockner road as having 36 “hairpin bends”.
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