Los­ing Gribun the right call

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - David Evans

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.

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