McRae: 'Someone could get killed'

The top drivers in the WRC have pleaded with the organisers of Rallye Deutschland to keep the spectators away from the road for fear that somebody could get hurt

McRae: 'Someone could get killed'

The first ever WRC event to be held in Germany has attracted a huge crowd, but this has created problems with uninitiated fans standing dangerously close to where the cars are passing at high speeds.

Safety concerns meant that SS5 was interrupted while the crowd was ushered on to safer vantage spots, while SS7 has been cancelled for the same reason.

"The spectator problem is getting worse and worse," said Colin McRae. "If there is a problem or an accident someone is going to get killed."

Richard Burns has been one of the most vociferous critics of the spectator issue and backed up McRae's view. "The main problem of concern is spectator safety," he said. "They are not being asked to stand in the right places. It's good to see so many of them but there is only so many times we can say it before something bad happens. Of course I'm hoping nothing bad will happen."

McRae's team-mate Carlos Sainz thinks the crowd need to take some responsibility for their own safety. He said: "The spectators are very bad. I think they are behaving dangerously."

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