Spectators

Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally – Spectator Information

The organisers of the Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally have been working tirelessly with the local authorities over the past few days, including this afternoon to work towards allowing spectators to attend the event.

We apologise for the delay in this announcement but wanted to do our best for this exciting new event.

Whilst we are not banning spectators from attending, we would like to remind all fans and followers of the current COVID-19 situation and to think carefully before travelling.

Please ensure you abide by ALL COVID-19 guidelines including PPE, sanitising and importantly social distancing.

The behaviour of all involved in this rally will have a direct effect on future events so please ensure you act responsibly for the good of our sport.

Thank you for your cooperation.

SPECTATOR INFORMATION

Locations will be signposted from the main road.

Dunoon Stadium is closed to the public this year due to COVID-19 restrictions – please do not attempt to enter the venue as you will be turned away.

TO DOWNLOAD THE OVERVIEW MAP OF THE FRIDAY SPECTATOR LOCATIONS PLEASE CLICK HERE

TO DOWNLOAD THE OVERVIEW MAP OF SS1/SS2 DUNOON TOWN STAGES CLICK HERE

TO DOWNLOAD THE OVERVIEW MAP OF THE SATURDAY SPECTATOR LOCATIONS PLEASE CLICK HERE

TO DOWNLOAD THE TIME SCHEDULE OF THE RALLY PLEASE CLICK HERE

TO VIEW STAGE MAPS CLICK HERE

 

Give yourselves plenty of time to find a location and park safely. Parking in lay-bys is strictly forbidden and vehicles parked too near the road could jeopardise the running of the stage.

The roads that form the special stages of the rally are closed by a road closure order for a five hour window. This means that it is an offence to be on the road between the road closure start and finish times.

In the hour before the competitors are live on the stage various safety cars, including the Spectator Safety Vehicle and the Motorsport UK Safety Delegate will come through the stage to check it’s readiness. Be aware that if you, or others, are in an unsafe position or continuing to ignore the marshals instructions, the Motorsport UK Safety Delegate has the authority to delay the stage or in extreme situations cancel it. Nobody want this so please co-operate with marshals and officials.

At the end of the stage various official vehicles including the doctor and rescue crews follow behind the last competitor. This is to ensure they have free access to any incident that may occur at the end of the field. This is not a signal that the road is open. Another vehicle marked “ROAD OPEN” will follow which then signals that you can use the road again. In 2012 on the Mull rally the last stage couldn’t be restarted after an incident because a spectator drove on the stage during the gap. A year later three stages were lost for the same reason.

Be aware that as you leave the stage there may be recovery operations underway that block the road so please be patient.

Please do not bring drones to the rally as their use is expressly prohibited over or near any part of the event, the stages or service area. Any reports of a drone flying during the event will be reported to the police and if required the stage itself will be stopped.

Rally cars can do the unexpected so, for your own safety and that of others, please:

  • Respect the marshals and follow their instructions
  • Observe the colour coded tape and all signage
  • Use the natural environment to protect yourself
  • Don’t walk on the rally stage
  • Stay standing and remain alert

Remember that alcohol and drugs can impair your responses and threaten your safety.

 

 

PLEASE plan your event with safety in mind. The following points may help:

  • We have tried to ensure that you will be able to reach your chosen spectator viewing area without walking on the special stage. If you decide to leave the stage prior to the last competitor, PLEASE ensure that you walk on the pathways or behind the tree line. All the competitors will be travelling at high speeds and spectators are strongly advised NOT to walk on the rally route.
  • All spectators are reminded that motorsport can be dangerous and despite us taking all reasonable precautions, unavoidable accidents can happen. In respect of these, you are present at your own risk.
  • We ask that you obey all instructions of safety marshals, spectator marshals and police officers in relation to your safety and that of others.
  • Please make sure you dress to take full account of the weather. Remember to wear sturdy footwear for typical forest conditions.
  • Please do not bring your dogs to the event as they can be startled by the loud noises and cause a danger to others – disabled assistance dogs only (on leads at all times.)
  • Children and infants should ALWAYS be accompanied by an adequate amount of adults at all times who are responsible for their behaviour and safety.
  • Beware of flying stones and uneven or slippery surfaces.
  • Stay above the track (never below).
  • Do no stand in the straight-on position – you will be removed.
  • Respect the signs and the tape; Red and White = a NO GO area, Prohibited area MEANS prohibited area.

Spectator Code of Conduct

  • Please be considerate to other spectators to ensure everyone can enjoy the event.
  • Listen to the marshals – they are there to help you and ensure the event runs within the safety guidelines prescribed by Motorsport UK, the governing body of UK Motor Sport.
  • If you do not abide by the instructions of marshals and event officials, the stage may be stopped or cancelled.
  • Marshals and officials have the right to work without being abused or threatened. Abusive, threatening or violent behaviour towards officials (who are all volunteers) will not be tolerated and spectators will be evicted from the event.
  • Please take all litter home with you.
  • Do not light fires or barbeques. They can cause major fires with serious consequences.
  • Do not bring fireworks to the event. They are very dangerous and could cause a serious incident with either other spectators or the competitors.
  • Much of the Rally takes place in areas containing significant agricultural, forestry and nature conservation interests. Please follow the Countryside Code at all times.
  • Consider your own safety and that of others at all times

 


REMEMBER cars not only slide around corners, they send a shower of stones and rocks out behind them as the power goes on. If you are in the firing line you can get hurt so stand where you are safe.

The Spectator Control car will come through the stages about 20 minutes ahead of the competitors to keep you informed as to the progress of the rally. Be aware that if you, or others, are in an unsafe position, or continuing to ignore the marshals instructions, the Safety Officer has the authority to delay the stage, and in an extreme situation, request its cancellation.

Motorsport UK provides general guidance as to the unsafe areas where spectators should not position themselves.

Don’t:

  • Stand on the track
  • Stand below the level of the track
  • Stand in front of arrows or signs
  • Stand in Prohibited Areas
  • Stand or sit on or near log piles, walls or fences
  • Sit close to the edge of the track
  • Block escape routes
  • Be distracted
  • Play games with your safety or that of the drivers
  • Remove Stage signs or arrows
  • Be the one to stop the Stage

Always:

  • Expect the unexpected
  • Listen for approaching cars
  • Remain alert
  • Leave yourself room to move quickly
  • Try to keep behind something solid
  • Keep children under supervision
  • Keep dogs on a lead
  • Do as the Marshals ask
  • Help the Marshals to run a safe Stage

Be Sure That:

  • The unexpected can happen
  • If you ignore Marshals instructions
  • the stage will be stopped

Please protect:

  • Yourself
  • Others around you
  • This Stage
  • Rallying
  • Motor Sport