Colin's Crest Is the Slam Dunk Contest of Rally Racing

Rally Sweden gives an award for the longest hang time over a gnarly jump on the Vargåsen stage. It's a fitting tribute to Colin McRae.

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Colin McRae was perhaps the most legendary rally racer of the modern era. After his tragic death in a helicopter crash in 2007, rally organizers set out to find a way to honor the Scottish champion. We think they've found an awesomely fitting tribute: Colin's Crest.

Located near the end of the Vargåsen stage of Rally Sweden, Colin's Crest is an enormously gnarly jump. Every year, rally organizers measure how far each competitor flies over the crest, the winner receiving the coveted Colin's Crest Award.

This year's winner was Mads Östberg, who launched his Citroën C3 WRC a massive 42 meters over the jump. It was a massive flight.

Everyone in the top ten caught huge air; the top three all lofted their cars 40 meters or further:

But gnarliest of all was Thierry Neuville, who nearly corkscrewed his Hyundai. He didn't get into the top 10, but he managed to land a jump that looked impossible.

Codriver Nicolas Gilsoul, who was briefly watching the ground pass by beneath his passenger-side window, wasn't afraid to admit on Twitter that it was a rather scary moment for him:

Quickest in ...
Off to change my undies now 😀😋🌨️❄️🇸🇪

— Nicolas Gilsoul (@nicolasgilsoul)

While Östberg's 42-meter jump took the title this year, it wasn't an all-time record. That honor goes to Eyvind Brynildsen, who launched his Ford Fiesta R5 Evo an outrageous 45 meters in 2o16.

Yep. Rally racing continues to be the wildest, awesomest form of racing out there.

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