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Swiss hillclimb organisers fined over Richard Hammond’s Rimac crash

AOL Cars UK logo AOL Cars UK 16/08/2017 Ted Welford

The organisers of a Swiss hillclimb where Richard Hammond crashed an electric hypercar earlier in the year have been fined £4,000 by the Swiss national sporting authority.

In June, Richard Hammond crashed an ultra-rare, 1200bhp Rimac Concept One while filming for the second series of The Grand Tour.

Hammond crashed on a left-hand bend of the Hemberg Bergrennen course, and despite rolling the car 300 metres, the presenter managed to escape from the wreckage with little more than a fractured knee, moments before the car set on fire.

Related: Footage of Richard Hammond horror car crash (Sky News)

While Hammond was not competing in the hillclimb at the time, the Grand Tour team were using the hillclimb to film during 'show runs', with fellow presnters Jeremy Clarkson and James May using a Lamborghini Aventador S and Honda NSX respectively.

Yet, earlier this week the Swiss sporting authority Auto Sport Schweiz announced it was fining the hillclimb's organisers via its independent disciplinary committee.

It ruled that the 'show runs' did not conform to the FIA's International Sporting Code, and acted against the interests of the sport.

A fine of just under £4000 was issued to race director Chrstian Muller as well as three sports stewards who were handed six-month licence suspensions.

It is understood that the event may now be in jeopardy, Motorsport.com has reported.

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