Fatal WRC racing accidents at races that have occurred since the inaugural season of the World Rally Championship in 1973 include several dozen, many of which are listed here. For various reasons, many have lost their lives doing their jobs and what they loved, driving WRC cars. Though not a complete list, this tally details the names of the drivers, the car they were driving at the time and the date of the fatal accidents.
WRC varies from other forms of auto racing such as IndyCar and ARCA in that races take place over three day periods on gravel, tarmac and even icy tracks.
Though safety precautions are in place per the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, like other racing leagues accidents happen and deaths are an unfortunate result. Fortunately, each of these fatal crashes have shed more and more light on the safety of the sport and has led to improvements throughout the years.
Jörg BastuckDied at 37 (1969-2006) - Died driving a Citroën C2 S1600 on March 24, 2006
Attilio BettegaDied at 32 (1953-1985) - Died driving a Lancia Rally 037 on May 2, 1985
Henri ToivonenDied at 30 (1956-1986) - Died driving a Lancia Delta S4 on May 2, 1986
Lars-Erik Torph Died driving a Lancia Delta Integrale on January 23, 1989