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I fully sup­port the views of Martin Shaw ( MN, Septem­ber 28) con­cern­ing the new and ut­terly non­sen­si­cal rules on spec­tat­ing.

As some­body who both com­peted and spec­tated in the 1970s and 1980s when ral­ly­ing was a truly pop­u­lar spec­ta­tor sport, I de­spair at the cur­rent takeover of our sport by the Health and Safety bri­gade.

Of course spec­ta­tors have to be sen­si­ble, as do the com­peti­tors, but to me the cut­ting out of the Gri­bun Rocks sec­tion of the Tour of Mull, which my own pace notes marked as ‘care – dan­ger of death’ but also rep­re­sented the most ful­fill­ing mo­ments of my rally ca­reer when man and ma­chine were truly in per­fect har­mony, is pos­si­bly the fi­nal nail in the cof­fin of a once great sport. As the signs say, mo­tor­sport is dan­ger­ous.

Can the do-good­ers not un­der­stand that’s why we en­joy it. Mike Bryant Via email

Next week it will be 25 years since Ayr­ton Senna claimed the third of his For­mula 1 ti­tles. And ahead of that, Sky Sports F1 is show­ing a cou­ple of clas­sic races from the 1991 sea­son.

Senna’s path to ti­tle glory was not al­ways a smooth one as the 1991 Span­ish GP (Wed­nes­day, 2100-2145hrs, Sky Sports F1) and Bri­tish Grand Prix (Thurs­day, 21002145hrs, Sky Sports F1) demon­strate.

The leg­endary Brazil­ian’s nephew Bruno may no longer be on the For­mula E grid but you can catch the ac­tion in­volv­ing those who are still on Wed­nes­day. There were plenty of new faces – such as triple World Tour­ing Car cham­pion Jose Maria Lopez and GP2 star Mitch Evans – mak­ing their de­but in the first round of sea­son three so tune in to find out how they got on in Hong Kong (1900-2000hrs, BT Sport 1).

Back on home turf, and the 750 Mo­tor Club had a thrilling fi­nale to many of its se­ries at Don­ing­ton Park ear­lier this month. The Bri­tish weather in­ter­vened as well to add ex­tra spice (Thurs­day, 1720-1925hrs, Mo­tors TV).

Truck rac­ing fans are treated to a dou­ble bill on Wed­nes­day with first ac­tion from the Bri­tish se­ries from Snet­ter­ton (2100-2235hrs, Mo­tors TV) and then high­lights from the Euro­pean cham­pi­onship at Jarama (22352305hrs, Mo­tors TV).

And fi­nally, there’s some ral­ly­ing ac­tion from the re­cent MSA Bri­tish His­toric Rally Cham­pi­onship de­cider: the Track­rod His­toric Cup. Find out who won on Fri­day (2135-2235hrs, Mo­tors TV).

World En­durance Cham­pi­onship: Fuji

■ Race: Sun­day, 02300915hrs, Mo­tors TV

DTM: Hock­en­heim ■

Race one high­lights: Sun­day, 1245-1345hrs, BT Sport 2 ■ Race two: Sun­day, 14001545hrs, BT Sport ESPN

Euro­pean For­mula 3: Hock­en­heim

■ Race one: Satur­day, 0845-1000hrs, BT Sport 2

WRC on TV: Rally Spain, Catalunya, BT Sport Fri­day

■ End of day re­view: Satur­day, 0815-0845hrs, BT Sport 2 Satur­day ■ End of day re­view: Satur­day, 2200-2230hrs, BT Sport 2 Sun­day ■ SS19: Sun­day, 1100-1200hrs, BT Sport 1 ■ End of day re­view: Sun­day, 2145-2215hrs, BT Sport 1

Mo­tors TV (end of day re­views)

Fri­day: 2235-2305hrs Satur­day: 2235-2305hrs Sun­day: 2235-2305hrs

Chan­nel 5

■ High­lights: Mon­day, 1900-2000hrs

Oc­to­ber 5

Sky Sports F1 will re­flect on ’91

World En­durance Cham­pi­onship is at Fuji

Catch up with the lat­est WRC ac­tion from Spain

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