STATE­MENT FROM PIRELLI CARLISLE AS­SIS­TANT CLERK OFTHE COURSE, BRIAN KINGHORN

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“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.”

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