Race car drives know that to win the race every second counts. If you take your foot off the gas for a split second someone comes along and passes you. Thankfully, the quick reaction by rally car driver, Carlos Matos showed spectators that some things matter more than winning.
While running in the Constalica Rally, a two-day race through beautiful Portugal this three-time champion gave up any chance of taking first place to avoid hitting a pup that was standing on the dirt track.
During the second leg of the race, Matos and his navigator were rounding a corner when he suddenly spotted a dog. Who had apparently just wandered onto the course? Even at speeds of over 90 mph on a turn, Matos spun the car around to avoid hitting the dog. The dog didn’t stick around for an autograph he high tailed it down the road.
Matos eventually got turned around and back on course. That delay could have cost him the victory. But Matos said he wouldn’t have changed a thing.
“The dog was not very big, but in this life not everything of value is. Those who know me know I have great admiration for animals. If it happened again today, I would do the exact same thing”
He later said he has five dogs of his own and he wouldn’t have it any other way. In the video, you can see the seasoned driver avoiding the dog in a split second. He also won the race despite this road delay. God does look out for those who look after animals.
I would have done the exact same thing, would you?
Rali Constalica VouzelaCarlos Matos e Bino Santo a zelar pela vida dos animais
Posted by Adriano Oliveira on Sunday, September 17, 2017