STATEMENT FROM PIRELLI CARLISLE ASSISTANT CLERK OFTHE COURSE, BRIAN KINGHORN
“On behalf of all the organising team and the hundreds of volunteers working on the event, no one is more disappointed or devastated than us. We have run these stages many times without any issues, but when we designed and submitted our route to the MSA no one had any idea of the increase in pace that the BRC would bring. I personally have lobbied long and hard for events on international timing to run without bogeys, but permission was refused. Running on a international permit alone would not cure this as the 75mph bogey is only for Tarmac.
“On Saturday night we faced a very difficult choice, allow the stages to run unaltered in the full knowledge they would likely be cleaned, or alter some junctions by artificial means. The MSA Blue Book allows us to do this, the additional chicanes were placed at defined junctions already in the road book, they were all in full line of sight on the approach. Shortening the stages was not an option as that also reduces the bogey. All the changes were done with the full permission and support of the MSA Safety Delegate and MSA Steward.”