The FIA has said that the speeding fines and bans imposed on WRC drivers following the British Rally last week could see it re-evaluating the suitability of south Wales as a venue for the event.
The FIA has said that the many speeding fines and bans following the Rally Great Britain held last week could see it re-evaluating the suitability of south Wales as a venue for the event.
At the season's finale, the Welsh police used mobile speed cameras to catch speeding fans and competitors. After the stage, a number of world rally drivers received fines and were even banned on the basis of offences committed during last year's event.
Four rally drivers have been banned from Britain's roads for speeding offences during last year's British Rally. They were caught on camera exceeding the 50km/h speed limit on a stretch of road open to the public during their shakedown sessions.
Freddy Loix was fined R19 250 and banned for six months, Armin Schwartz was fined R11 000 and banned for six months, Swedish driver Daniel Carlsson was fined R8 800 and banned for six months, whilst Briton Kris Meeke was fined R3 300 and banned for a year, as he already had points on his licence.
Colin McRae, Richard Burns, Carlos Sainz, Mikko Hirvonen, Tommi Makinnen, Markko Martin and Martin Rowe were also fined and given three penalty points. Their lawyer argued that the general public would have been less at risk from the speeding of professional rally drivers than from other motorists.
The FIA has indicated that it intends to re-assess whether the region's roads have become too dangerous to host the large amount of traffic over three days and that road safety is very important to the FIA. Since the police have said that the venue is a dangerous rally venue, the FIA has asked its safety delegation to report on the suitability of public roads used in the event.
Original article from Car