There Is (Again!) No Excuse

  • wrblog

    Thank you for acting, Jason. Hopefully your action taught them a lesson, they will maybe take your action and words to heart and not follow the lead of those adult imbeciles you mentioned. It’s what we’ve been preaching collectively, all of us at WRC community, for so long – if you see something and think you can do or say something to help and/or educate, then give it a quick think and do something. Education is the key.

  • Jamie Ackland

    I commend you for acting, But i feel like it’s in vain .. this doesn’t seem an Issue of “FIA/WRC and Organizers need to work on safety” this is just another example of Idiot #$@# SPECTATORS.. not much you can do when people can’t help themselves.. and to be honest i am starting to feel like it’s a waste of time talking about it anymore.. I think Yes Education is key.. But u cant help people that can’t help themselves and Organisers cannot Police every Corner of the Stages.. and yes i think this issue really is turning into a Flogging of a Dead horse. but thank you so speaking up. But i am starting to get Over it!

  • Alvin Kato

    Like everyone else’s said, thank you for acting. This spectator foolishness is a menace that’s does n’t look like its going away soon so long as people don’t understand the risks that come with the sport. Fortunately you were there and averted disaster. That’s commendable, good job.

  • Fully Sideways Rally

    I’m with out words as i just imagined that scenario and im a bit spooked.

  • JMR

    I know I’m in the minority when I say this, but the safety culture that has been built up in motorsport (not just rally, but F1 and others) over the last decades needs to die, or the sport will continue its slow decline.

    You wrote that, “it’s not 1986 anymore,” and you’re right. In 1986, rally was more popular even than F1. Why? Because the cars were mad, the drivers were mad, and the spectators were mad. Everyone knew it was dangerous, and that’s why people loved it. Then came the overreaction to the events in portugal and corsica: the bans, the endless regulation, air restrictors, all of it makes the sport rubbish.

    It’s getting worse and worse, with these new regulations about having all four wheels on the car for the road section. We’ll never again see the spectacular image of Daniel Elena hanging his whole body out of the window while cruising down the highway. The Safari rally is gone. We’ll never again see the spectacle of racing on roads open to traffic, herds of elephants, all those amazing scenes. That sort of craziness is what gets people to take notice of the sport and eventually become fans. Less spectacle means fewer fans, and fewer fans means less money from the sponsors and manufacturers. Subaru is out, Mitsubishi is out, Ford is out, MINI left almost before they started, I’m 100% sure Citroen is leaving next year or the year after.

    The safest possible rally is one that never takes place, or perhaps happens online, with all the competitors playing RBR in the safety of their own homes, and all the fans (all 0 of them) following the action on WRC+. That would be really safe.

    • wrblog

      There is no excuse, none, for spectators being “mad” once again and being allowed the the 1980s antics. As for everything else, I am for cars (and drivers!) to be more bonkers and wild – maybe the 2017 regs are going to help with that. As for spectators, there is a way to enjoy all the craziness and feel it very close and thorough without standing in front of a speeding car. Full on crazy mode would draw bigger crowds which would draw interest from manufacturers, but add to that a tragedy or two and let’s hear how those same manufacturers feel about that kind of promotion. I don’t think we should strive for 80s in every sense, but I am all for taking the massive positives and try to bring them back.

      Thanks for commenting!

    • Jason Anthony

      JMR, Thanks for your thoughts and on some points, I can’t say I disagree with you. However, as much as we wish some things could be like 1986, that is just not the world we live in today. Today’s governments and insurance companies will not tolerate that amount of risk anymore and will take steps to sanction the sport if things don’t change.

  • mattjelonek

    So no chance of reporting this to the FIA? Or heading to the service park, finding anyone from the WRC who speaks English and they’d point you in the right direction… The best thing could have been to photograph the scenarios. From the corner to the actual marshals doing this job, to the people who crossed the line into danger.

  • Anders Green

    Thanks for being proactive at that corner!

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