Why rally safety must be taken seriously

Why rally safety must be taken seriously

Co-driver Gareth Roberts' death last week has highlighted a lack of recent safety improvements in rallying. And that, says David Evans, is not acceptable

There's nothing simpler than being wise after an event. Except in this case, it appears the exact opposite is the case. Our sport, it seems, learned nothing from the horrific accident that struck Robert Kubica early last year. And the worst fears for the Polish star were realised when Gareth Roberts died on Saturday.

The dangers of open-ended safety barriers in the direction of oncoming rally cars were highlighted graphically when Kubica almost lost his hand when his Skoda Fabia S2000 collided with one in Italy last February. Plenty of noise was made at the time about the need to try to remove this kind of danger from our sport.

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