Poland safety

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I read with in­ter­est David Evans’s ar­ti­cle that safety on Rally Poland will come un­der the spot­light ( June 29).

I have been to this rally and have wit­nessed some truly wor­ry­ing things. There were peo­ple stand­ing on out­side of cor­ners, drunk, and they were get­ting stones and rocks thrown at them from the pass­ing com­peti­tors. When a lady mar­shal asked them to move, they phys­i­cally lifted her up and pushed her away.

There were spec­ta­tor cars cross­ing the stage while it was live and af­ter the top 10 cars had gone through. One of them got stuck and was pushed out of the way by spec­ta­tors.

There was no re­spect for mar­shals. Peo­ple stood in dan­ger­ous places were asked to move but the mar­shals were ig­nored.

There were also spec­ta­tors stood on the road, and they were jump­ing out of way at the last mo­ment.

I have been to a num­ber of world ral­lies across the con­ti­nent: Wales, France, Ger­many, Spain, Cyprus and Italy, as well as Poland. I have al­ways felt they run like clock­work but I will never go to Poland again due to the be­hav­iour on the stages.

June 29

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