Poland: Organizers insist on 30-minute rule

The presence of Poland in the 2024 calendar was a surprise. The last appearance of this round in the world championship was not accompanied by exemplary behavior from the spectators. To make everything go better, the public is asked to settle in half an hour before the first car.  

Published on 19/06/2024 à 08:11

Loïc ROCCI

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Poland: Organizers insist on 30-minute rule

During the last WRC rally in Poland, the public was not exemplary. Will it be this year? (Photo: Frédéric Le Floc’h /DPPI)

In 2017, some images sent shivers down your spine. THE WRC of the time were extremely fast on the paths of the Masurian Lakes region located in the northwest of Poland and the fans were regularly very badly placed. Due to its geographical position, the seventh round of the season attracts a lot of people, from Poland, but also from neighboring countries. The summer period also allows this movement and this results in large crowds at the edge of the special stages. The latter are among the fastest in the championship. In 2017, Thierry Neuville took only 2h40'46'' to complete the 318,74 km course. Her Hyundai i20 WRC had averaged 116,5 km/h. In these conditions, the crews are on the edge and it is preferable for the public to stay away from the road and out of the paths. This had not completely been the case and the rally had lost its place in the calendar.

Even if it is only a return for one season (June 27-30), the organizers of this event based in Mikolajki (220 km north of Warsaw) want everything to go well. So they started to insist on safety rules. To do this, they can rely on the experience of Michèle Mouton who is the FIA ​​safety delegate. The Frenchwoman who announced her departure at the end of the year came to observe the route that the rally must take and she shared her opinions and suggestions for the installation of the 70 spectator zones which are planned.

During the race, Mouton will re-inspect the stages to ensure they are run safely. The organizers of this 80e edition warn: “ Ms. Mouton checks that spectators are safe in the fan zones no later than 30 minutes before the start of the special and that it is ready for competition. This is why respecting the 30-minute rule is crucial for the smooth running of the event. In case of doubt, the FIA ​​safety delegate can delay the SS or even cancel it if the public behaves in a dangerous manner. »

The message is clear and has been reiterated on several occasions. We must now hope that it has passed and that the Polish rally will be a success. 303,16 km are on the program divided into 19 ES.

 

Loïc ROCCI

Journalist specializing in rallying past, present and future... and with a southern accent

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