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Rally Poland or­gan­is­ers are con­fi­dent of re­tain­ing their World Rally Cham­pi­onship place – de­spite the FIA’S lin­ger­ing con­cerns over spec­ta­tor safety on the event.

The Miko­la­jki-based rally was run­ning un­der a ‘yel­low card’ warn­ing from the sport’s gov­ern­ing body af­ter fail­ures in spec­ta­tor safety last sea­son. WRC safety del­e­gate Michele Mou­ton drove every stage on the route and wasn’t en­tirely happy with what she saw.

She told MN: “Fol­low­ing the pre­lim­i­nary in­spec­tion, the rally has been very well pre­pared with lots of ded­i­cated zones for spec­ta­tors. Un­for­tu­nately, they were not all re­spected so there is still some work to be done.”

Clerk of the course Jaroslaw Noworol said: “I spoke with Michele Mou­ton and she said it was much bet­ter than last year. Of course some­times there were spec­ta­tors stand­ing in the area where they should not, but from their point of view, ev­ery­thing was OK. The start of three stages were de­layed, but only by a few min­utes. And we think it’s bet­ter to stop the stage and start when things are in or­der.”

On the fu­ture, Noworol added: “I hope to be in WRC again next year, we wait for the re­ports from the stake­hold­ers and the WRC Pro­moter – this is the cru­cial one.”

Last week’s event was the third of a three-year deal. WRC Pro­moter’s Oliver Ciesla said: “The con­tract for this event has reached the end of its nor­mal cy­cle. We are talk­ing. The driv­ers’ [pos­i­tive] feel­ings to­wards the roads are good and there’s a high num­ber of fans, which is a big thing with or with­out Robert Ku­bica. There’s not much more to say for now.”

Poland has suf­fered is­sues with spec­ta­tors be­fore, while WRC cal­en­dar places are tight

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