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Remote service needed to cut road miles, say crews

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Remote service needed to cut road miles, say crews thumbnailRoad sections formed a large part of the 2018 Ulster Rally.

CREWS from the British and Irish Rally Championships broadly welcomed the Ulster Rally's return to its spiritual home following a six-year sabbatical, but have said a remote service should be considered.
Last week's event largely mirrored the Ulster Rally the last time it was based out of Antrim as it used stages in the Glens of Antrim and around the Sperrin mountains.
 The 'Doraville' stage - the longest of the entire two-day competition at just over thirteen miles - was the most notable change from 2012.
Ulster Rally Clerk of the Course, Philip Murray, said drivers were within their right to flag up total road mileage; this came in at almost 390 miles so that competitors could tackle less than a quarter of that (103 miles).
“Competitors have told me it has been a very long event and a very challenging one as well," Murray told Chronicle Sport.
“Some have picked up on the fact there are a lot of road miles, but the stages that make up the route are long - they are exactly the type of tests that organisers want and what crews expect.
“As I have said: it is unfortunate that there are so many miles between stages but everyone involved with the organisation of the Ulster Rally felt that it was worth it because they're all so good," he added.
Among those who called for a re-think going forward was event winner, Matt Edwards, and fellow BRC figure David Bogie. The Skoda man felt the format incurred unnecessary expense in terms of fuel costs.
“The fuel isn't cheap and the cars run on it whether you are driving a stage or the road sections," said Bogie. "A remote service after Friday's first two stages would work for everyone. It does make sense."

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