The Grampian Forest Rally

Safety

PLEASE ARRIVE AT YOUR CHOSEN LOCATION IN GOOD TIME BEFORE THE COMPETITORS ARE DUE. ONCE THE OFFICIAL CARS HAVE PASSED THE STAGE IS DEEMED ‘LIVE’ AND NO WALKING ON ANY PART OF THE TRACK IS PERMITTED.

The Spectator Control car will come through the stages about 20 minutes ahead of the competitors to keep you informed as to the progress of the rally. Be aware that if you, or others, are in an unsafe position, or continuing to ignore the marshals instructions, the Safety Officer has the authority to delay the stage, and in an extreme situation, request its cancellation.

Look out not only for yourself. If you think that anyone around you is in a dangerous position then tell them or advise a marshal.

“Maybe rallying can never be completely safe for the competitor but for spectators there are some simple personal safeguards which you can follow so that you are not putting yourself at risk. I ask you, for your own sake, please think where you watch from, do not take risks to get the best view or the best photo. Listen to the marshals and never argue with them. Follow paths that have been made for you and don’t please wander about in the stage and try and get out of the way just as a car is coming. I know you love our sport, and our sport would be nothing without you, but do not put yourself and our sport at risk. Use that British common sense!”  Ari Vatanen, 1981 World Rally Championmsa.ari.jpg

REMEMBER cars not only slide around corners, they send a shower of stones and rocks out behind them as the power goes on. If you are in the firing line you can get hurt so stand where you are safe.

The MSA provide general guidance as to the unsafe areas where spectators should not position themselves.

Don’t: Always: Be Aware That: Please protect:
Stand on the track Expect the unexpected The unexpected can happen Yourself
Stand below the level of the track Listen for approaching cars If you ignore Marshals instructions Others around you
Stand in Prohibited Areas Remain alert …the stage will be stopped This sport we all love
Stand or sit on or near log piles Keep children under supervision
Sit close to the edge of the track Stay within a designated spectator area
Block escape routes Try to keep behind something solid
Be distracted Leave yourself room to move quickly
Do as the Marshals ask