Our sport is under the safety spotlight like never before, events are being observed and organisers are being judged; we have to improve the way we do things and here is the reason why.
Following the tragic accidents of the last two years, in which four individuals very sadly lost their lives, the sport has been tasked to improve spectator safety. We have a very short time to do this or the powers that be, will shut the sport down. It is very serious and everyone has to pay attention and play their part. For many years experienced spectators have basically gone wherever they like on the stages, in the belief this will gain them the best viewing. This now has to change. As organisers we have had to look at our stages, we have had to make decisions based on many years of experience, where we can recommend the safest possible spectator viewing points. On this years event, more down to the location of the stages available than anything else, unfortunately we only have one of these viewing areas on the forest stages, in Gartly Moor. This is a large areas and not a ‘pen’ as some people like to say, and there are a number of different vantage points in each area; there is plenty of parking and an easy walk to the stage, and as the stage is used twice, you will see all the field past twice. Please use this areas, if you choose to ignore this advice it could lead to the stage or indeed the rally being cancelled. You have been warned.
If you are in an area where you should not be you are risking your own life and putting the event at risk of being cancelled.
Please come and enjoy the rally, the sport will not exist without you the spectator; but please be sensible, use the spectator areas provided, and have an enjoyable but above all a safe day out.
Thanks to the DMACK Carlisle stages for this text
PLEASE plan your event with safety in mind. The following points may help:
We have tried to ensure that you will be able to reach your chosen spectator viewing area without walking on the special stage. If you decide to leave the stage prior to the last competitor, PLEASE ensure that you walk on the pathways or behind the tree line. All the competitors will be travelling at high speeds and spectators are strongly advised NOT to walk on the rally route.
All spectators are reminded that motorsport can be dangerous and despite us taking all reasonable precautions, unavoidable accidents can happen. In respect of these, you are present at your own risk.
We ask that you obey all instructions of safety marshals, spectator marshals and police officers in relation to your safety and that of others.
Please make sure you dress to take full account of the weather. Remember to wear sturdy footwear for typical forest conditions.
Please do not bring your dogs to the event as they can be startled by the loud noises and cause a danger to others ‐ disabled assistance dogs only (on leads at all times.)
Children and infants should ALWAYS be accompanied by an adequate amount of adults at all times who are responsible for their behaviour and safety.
Beware of flying stones and uneven or slippery surfaces.
Stay above the track (never below).
Do no stand in the straight‐on position ‐ you will be removed.
Respect the signs and the tape; Red and White = a NO GO area, Prohibited area MEANS prohibited area.
Spectator Code of Conduct
Please be considerate to other spectators to ensure everyone can enjoy the event.
Listen to the marshals ‐ they are there to help you and ensure the event runs within the safety guidelines prescribed by the MSA, the governing body of UK Motor Sport.
If you do not abide by the instructions of marshals and event officials, the stage may be stopped or cancelled.
Marshals and officials have the right to work without being abused or threatened. Abusive, threatening or violent behaviour towards officials (who are all volunteers) will not be tolerated and spectators will be evicted from the event.
Please take all litter home with you.
Do not light fires or barbeques. They can cause major fires with serious consequences.
Do not bring fireworks to the event. They are very dangerous and could cause a serious incident with either other spectators or the competitors.
Much of the Rally takes place in areas containing significant agricultural, forestry and nature conservation interests. Please follow the Countryside Code at all times.
Consider your own safety and that of others at all times