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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.

Photos: Son­gas­port, Jakob Ebrey, Roy Demp­ster

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