Businessman Rik Vanlessen was in the passenger seat of Steve Matterne’s Skoda Fabia R5 when it left the road at Ben-Ahin, near Huy in Liège Province and crashed into a telegraph pole.
Paramedics were able to revive him for a time but he eventually died of the injuries he sustained in the accident. Mr Vanlessen was from Sint-Truiden (Limburg), where he ran a transport business. Steve Matterne sustained a neck injury in the accident.
Saturday’s tragedy was the first fatal accident during a Belgian rally in 6 years. The last time a participant was killed in an accident during a rally in Belgium was at the 2012 Bocholt Rally in Limburg Province.