Overcrowded cal­en­dars

Motor Sport News - - Interview: Chris Haird -

I read with in­ter­est Jack Benyon’s ar­ti­cle on too many events and cham­pi­onships ( De­cem­ber 7).

Is the road now clear, fol­low­ing the Lord Ad­vo­cate’s de­ci­sion not to pros­e­cute rally or­gan­is­ers for the re­cent fa­tal­i­ties on stage ral­lies, for closed road events to blos­som?

It is my view that one of the dif­fi­cul­ties for rally or­gan­is­ers is deal­ing with roads that run through fairly highly pop­u­lated ru­ral ar­eas.

As these roads of­ten have mul­ti­ple junctions over short dis­tances that all need to be manned. Would it not make sense to take Tar­mac ral­ly­ing to more re­mote re­gions where fewer lo­cals are in­con­ve­nienced by road clo­sures and the num­ber of signed-on mar­shals is kept to a min­i­mum?

A rally around Loch Ran­noch in Perthshire is a good ex­am­ple of where two 20-mile stages could be run in the morn­ing.

That could be fol­lowed by a three-hour break to turn the route around and to let lo­cals out or in, be­fore clos­ing once more

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