The Blondie and general Elligibility stuff Jan 18, 2015 11:03:37 GMT 12
Post by Admin on Jan 18, 2015 11:03:37 GMT 12
I am a saloon competitor. I have to build my car to comply with the saloon rules as set out in the rulebook. If the rule says I need a sideplate and a rolecage of x shape and construction, then thats what I must have. Thats the parameters I agreed to when I call my car a saloon and race on SNZ tracks.
If Blondie wants to race as a super saloon, then the car needs to compy with the Super Saloon rules as set out in the rulebook. Every other Super saloon has to comply with those rules. It seems reasonable to me that Blondie's car should comply with them too. Every other car in the country is built to compy with them,
To give a dispensation on safety items puts a real risk to the sport. Imagine the legal arguement which would ensue if someting bad happened and they said "Why was the car not constructed according to the rulebook for this class, rules which have been developed and modified over time due to engineering reports, accident data and technical evaluations" I'm sorry, but the response" It didn't comply but we thought it was safe on the night" will not satisfy the legal profession and will expose our sport to significant trouble trouble.
Dispensations are routinely issued , we have to trust that SNZ consider safety and fairness to other competitors when making the decision to issue them.
Yes the car should ultimately comply but to sideline cars all the time for non compliance I suspect would mean reduced fields quite often.
As I said before just because a car is clothed differently it doesn't automatically make it unsafe, just non compliant. SNZ decided it was safe I assume.