LET­TERS Lawrence is cor­rect

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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

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