Wales Rally GB halted over spectator safety concerns

A stage of the Wales Rally GB has been halted after spectators refused to move from “dangerous positions”.On the first morning of competition on Friday, the Aberhirnant stage in Gwynedd was stopped.

A spokesman said safety cars went through and marshals moved the spectators, but they kept returning and eventually refused to move.

He added it would not affect overall standings, but the incident was unfair to drivers and thousands of spectators.

The Wales Rally GB is an annual round of the world rally championships, with drivers competing on circuits around the country until Sunday.

About 100,000 fans are expected to attend the different stages, with this year’s edition officially launched in Liverpool on Thursday.

Conditions were described as slippery and the spokesman said the safety of spectators and drivers were the most important considerations.

“This is due to spectators on a fast section mid-stage standing in dangerous positions – and returning to them despite instructions to spectate elsewhere,” the tweet added.

The stage had got under way in the forests around Dyfnant, near Welshpool, Slate Mountain and Penmachno.

Source: BBC