RALLY CROATIA was nearly plunged into further tragedy when a brawl spilled out onto the road over the weekend.
A fight between two men broke out on a bank next to the track, with onlookers stunned as stewards tried to regain order.
A fight broke out by the side of the track
A Toyota whizzed past as breakneck speed
As one steward attempted to break it up, another frantically blew a whistle in a bid to get people away from the road.
Just moments before the Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 Hybrid roared past at breakneck speed, stewards succeeded in getting people away from the Zagreb road.
A clip of the incident subsequently circulated on social media, with one user describing them as “horror scenes”.
They then added: “Seconds from tragedy. Unbelievable.”
Another tweeted: “Holly s*** that was close!”
The incident occurred just ten days after driver Craig Breen tragically died aged just 33 while testing his car ahead of the Croatia Rally.
The Irish racer collided with a pole between Stari Golubovac and Lobora in the tragic incident.
Tributes for Breen poured in from the likes of FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.
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He said: “On behalf of the FIA, I extend sincere condolences to the family and friends of Craig Breen following his passing during a private testing accident.
“Our thoughts & prayers are with his loved ones & the Rally community at this difficult time.”
The World Rally Championship added: “The WRC family is shocked and saddened to learn of Craig Breen’s passing.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Craig at this incredibly sad time.”
Craig Breen tragically passed away aged 33
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