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Chris M Wanted a V-10

Jim Clark Rally 2014: fatalaties

Very sad news, condolences to all those affected.
I do find it almost unbelievable that the bodies were left in the open all night and only recovered this morning.
It's probably going to change the rules on spectating in the UK for ever, though.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-27654843

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-27654329
Boxer6

It is very sad, and I do feel for the families concerned.

I also hope that there is not the "knee jerk" reaction that the media so love these days, though I fear that may well come to pass. I've not found anything yet about where they were standing in respect of normal racing lines, though from this report, and others, it seems the car fish-tailed a time or two before leaving the road.

Having been a timekeeper on Manx rallies for a number of years, I know how difficult it can be getting people to move away form overtly dangerous places too, despite (in the Isle of Man anyway) having powers of arrest against folk who wouldn't move!
gooner

That was awful news but from the reports I've seen it was almost inevitable that someone would get killed. Apparently at least two drivers had threatened to pull out such were their concerns with how close spectators were getting to the course. Marshals at the event were also warning spectators to move back but were mostly being ignored.

But then, as we all know, Motorsport is dangerous and n matter how skilled or experienced a driver is, at high speeds accidents can happen.
Big TC

I noticed on the tv reports that the police were apparently carrying out their usual checks that they perform after a death on the road.

So, they'll be able to tell how fast the car was going, etc. But what is the point - the driver wasn't breaking any rules, as it was a closed-road event. The only thing he could be guilty of is having his enthusiasm outstrip his talent.

My thoughts go out to the families of the victims, but also to the poor driver. I fervently hope that the police don't see fit to prosecute him.
Boxer6

Big TC wrote:
I noticed on the tv reports that the police were apparently carrying out their usual checks that they perform after a death on the road.

So, they'll be able to tell how fast the car was going, etc. But what is the point - the driver wasn't breaking any rules, as it was a closed-road event. The only thing he could be guilty of is having his enthusiasm outstrip his talent.

My thoughts go out to the families of the victims, but also to the poor driver. I fervently hope that the police don't see fit to prosecute him.


The Record is reporting that this section of road was closed to spectators last year, but not this year - seems a bit odd. Also, the driver, David Carney, was nominated for Motorsport Ireland Young Rally Driver of the Year last year, so I reckon he was at least a "fairly good" driver.

Anyone who attends motorsport events is bombarded with "Motorsport is Dangerous" information - not that that's any consolation to the bereaved families I know - and, in particular, that rally drivers are very susceptible to road changes/differences on what are public roads 99.9% of the time, so the chances of an "off" are that bit higher than on a dedicated track.  Much like the T.T. in that regard I suppose.
Bob Sacamano

Very sad but, having been to rallies, it was inevitable that this would happen at some point. And will again.
Mark

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Very sad but, having been to rallies, it was inevitable that this would happen at some point. And will again.


Yes, extremely sad for everybody involved. But, along with what Bob says (and having been to loads of Rally events), I'm pretty amazed that this kind of thing doesn't happen much more often.
TreVoR

Terrible thing to happen but I am afraid that is the nature of motorsport and accidents can and will happen.

One of the TVRCC members was stewarding but I don't know if he was involved.

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