Or­gan­is­ers in spec­ta­tor search

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Rally GB or­gan­is­ers are de­ter­mined to track down in­di­vid­u­als who were found spec­tat­ing in dan­ger­ous ar­eas on last week­end’s round of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Video footage high­lighted a hand­ful of peo­ple stand­ing on the line of com­pet­ing cars pass­ing inches away at more than 100mph. Rally GB’S safety of­fi­cer Sue San­ders said she wanted to name and shame in­di­vid­u­als who could be jeop­ar­dis­ing an oth­er­wise ex­cep­tional safety record for Bri­tain’s WRC round.

“Col­lec­tively, there’s a de­sire within the or­gan­is­ers to pur­sue these peo­ple and high­light to them the dan­gers of what they were do­ing,” San­ders said.

The sec­ond run­ning of the Clo­caenog stage was only saved by quick think­ing from zero car driver and Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship driver Matt Ed­wards, who stopped the car and per­suaded fans to move to a more sen­si­ble area.

“I’ve never heard of a zero car stop­ping in a stage to do this be­fore,” said San­ders. “But thank good­ness Matt did. For­tu­nately, he knew some peo­ple in the crowd and could work with them. These peo­ple in Clo­caenog had not come into the stage from an of­fi­cial en­try point, so they hadn’t gone past any of our sig­nage or mes­sages about safety and they were stand­ing in a dan­ger­ous place.

“If it hadn’t been for Matt’s quick think­ing, the stage would have been can­celled.”

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