Losing Gribun the right call
Late last month, this newspaper castigated Rally of Portugal organisers for allowing a stage to run through a burning forest. Arguably, the same firm line should be held with this stretch of Mull’s west coast.
By definition, we can do nothing about accidents; this is a question of acceptable risk. It’s a question of whether or not we put harm in the way of potential accidents. On one side, we could throw up our arms in resignation and call this the thin end of the wedge. Fundamentally, this road and the Atlantic below are 100 per cent safe, of course they are. The only danger comes when a car hits the water. Slowing down will avoid this and drivers remain the ultimate arbiters of their own speed. Ergo, what’s the problem?
The problem is, if the organisers ignore the MSA’S recommendation and the worst happens, the event would be finished. I’ve been down that road at near competitive speed and loved it. The risks are raised to another level, focusing the mind; it’s here that the brave get braver and winners are made.
But it’s not worth risking the rally and potentially our sport for.