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Stunt driver ‘OK’ after spectacular crash

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Stunt driver Guerlain Chicherit crashes while practicing for world-record jump; photo by Andy Parant from Chicherit’s Facebook page

First, it must be stated up front that freestyle stunt driver and rally car champion Guerlain Chicherit is OK and was joking on Facebook about his need for a new race suit after what happened to him Tuesday morning in Tignes, France. Chicherit was practicing for his attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest jump in a four-wheel vehicle, currently held by Tanner Foust at 332 feet. But his modified Mini nose-dived on the landing ramp and, well, it appears that he set a world record for the amount of flips in a car. The spectacular crash was caught on video:

Emergency personnel were on the scene and immediately transported Chicherit to a hospital. Luckily, he was only "slightly injured," according to his Facebook page.

The statement reads, "Guerlain is doing good and has already reviewed video footage of the jump to see what went wrong. He got out of the car himself, slightly injured, and will now get a precautionary MRI to check that everything is fine."

Later on Tuesday, Chicherit wrote, "Cheers everybody!!! Thanks a lot for all your support!!! I have to stay [in] the hospital for the night just for safety, I’m all OK!!!

“'Success is not final, failure isn’t fatal: it’s the courage to continue that counts.' [Winston] Churchill."

Which might be another way of saying he'll give it another try once he's able. Chicherit was (is?) hoping to jump a world-record 360 feet in his car.

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Stunt driver Guerlain Chicherit was seeking to break the Guinness World Record for the longest jump by a four-wheel vehicle; photo from Chicherit’s Facebook page

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