MULL LOSES GRIBUN FOR 2016
This year’s Mull Rally will be the first in its 46-year history not to use the well known Gribun Rocks section following a recommendation from the Motor Sports Association.
Gribun Rocks features a long stretch next to the Atlantic Ocean. A small section with a low retaining wall has been identified as particularly dangerous, despite no accidents occurring there before.
The three stages which use this section; Knock (run twice) and Ben More have been shortened and clerk of the course Andy Jardine believes the MSA is now happy with the route of the island event.
“The MSA came up in October last year, and saw a small part of the route,” explained Jardine. “At the Gribun Rocks section, they were concerned about the proximity to the deep water. So that meant that they came back in May and we went around the whole of the route. After their visit they were happy.”
The route change was recommended due to increased awareness of the danger posed by special stages running close to areas of water.
Ryan Bradley was killed on the Mourne Rally in 2014 after his car left a stage and plunged into a reservoir.
Two-thirds of last year’s Mull didn’t run following the death of John Maccrone’s co-driver Andrew Mort in an accident on a different part of the route that left Maccrone badly injured.
Jardine is adamant entries won’t suffer as a result of any of the route changes.
“With the abandonment of the event last year we didn’t get to run some of the things we wanted to, like the Glengorm Crossroads with the big spectator area,” Jardine said. “It’s a hugely popular event, we had a 150 entries in 36 hours last year and we anticipate the same popularity this year.”
In a final change for 2016, stage five has been reversed.
Duffy led 2015 Mull before cancellation