Rally teams 'ignore' practice rule
A FORMER championship rally driver living on the Tweed has taken issue at claims by Rally Australia organisers that her warnings of rally drivers learning stages of the event in advance at night-time are wrong and alarmist.
The driver, Carolyn Boniface, last week told the Tweed Daily News she feared wildlife starting to move about in early spring would become “road kill” as drivers practice for the event planned on rural roads in the Tweed and Kyogle shires in early September.
In response rally organisers said that was now against the rules and would not happen.
Ms Boniface, who raced in Europe with manufacturers' rally teams in the 1980s, said she had pondered the re- sponse but was still convinced “it is virtually impossible for either the rally organisers or the police to control what happens on the stages prior to the event.
“They simply do not have the resources to do so. In my rally day it was also absolutely illegal to road-learn at speed and at night. But all the serious teams did it anyway.”
She warned “anyone can learn a stage in any car at any time now that the stages are public knowledge”, adding the organisers should have arranged manned stages “24 hours a day, seven days a week from now until the event”.
Meanwhile, police have told Murwillumbah residents about 150 extra officers are to be rostered to handle the car rally in September.
Superintendent Michael Kenny told last week's Murwillumbah Probus Club meeting the police numbers would allow temporary 24-hour manning of the Murwillumbah and Kingscliff police stations.