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The sport has de­cided it doesn’t want spec­ta­tors. The rally fans have de­cided they don’t want the sport as it has be­come.

The mes­sage has gone out that spec­ta­tors are only al­lowed in of­fi­cial “spec­ta­tor ar­eas”.

Un­less there are per­ma­nent bar­ri­ers, spec­ta­tor ar­eas (see Blue Book E 2.4) must be 60 me­tres from the track, not on cor­ners and if any­one strays out­side these des­ig­nated ar­eas the event has to be stopped.

Rally fans be­came fans pre­cisely be­cause they could get close to the ac­tion, spat­tered by mud and stones, and some­times even drag cars out of a ditch.

With­out that raw­ness, why would you bother? Martin Shaw Via email

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