SS4 cancelled: updated

Special Stage 4 of Rally GB, the re-run through Brechfa has been cancelled because of spectator problems highlighted by the FIA safety delegate

SS4 cancelled: updated

This is a blow to the event organisers who have introduced even more restrictive ticket sales to specifically prevent this problem. It is also the first time in the event's 58-year history that a stage has been cancelled for safety reasons before it has run.

However, the decision was endoresed by WRC boss David Richards.

"The FIA take responsibility over safety and, of course, they take it very seriously," he said. "I know it appears they may have been over-zealous on this occasion, but you cannot take safety lightly, and I'm sure there were rational reasons for the decision that was made."

Richards was adamant that the cancellation will have no effect on the position of Rally GB on the 2003 WRC calendar.

"The steps taken this morning (by the organisers) just reinforces its (Rally GB's) place in the championship," he said. "The provisions the organisers have made this year are second to none, they've excelled themselves. I feel really confident about the future of the event."

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