LETTERS Lawrence is correct
As one of only two competitors who started the very first BTRDA 1400 round (Wyedean 2001) and was still there at the finish line of the last “block seeded” 1400 round (Cambrian 2014) I have to agree with Paul Lawrence ( MN, Feb 1).
Let’s not be coy, the performance order dictat was driven by Nicky Moffitt.
They argued, at the Rally Future Forum in Chesterfield and elsewhere, that “spectators are only interested in the top cars” and so would still be walking in along the stages when the 1400s were already running.
Whether true or not – my experience running in the first dozen or so on the road for 14 seasons would suggest not – this ignores the logical conclusion of their own assertions.
If spectators are only interested in the top cars, those spectators will be walking out along the stages once the top cars have passed to go and see them on another stage.
Across the 14 seasons of block seeding, the BTRDA events averaged 47 Rally First/1400 entries. I notice today that the seeded entry list for the 2017 Cambrian contains 17. Is it too late? Probably. Most of the crews who supported the 1400s over many seasons have sold up, given up or gone elsewhere. The spotty Escort has gone to Ireland. Nobody’s sadder than me. Martin Shaw Via email