On top of that, there’s constant liaison with the emergency services and with local residents – not everybody’s a rally fan who lives on the route and we have to work with them to reassure them about what we’re doing and asking them to put up with for a day.
As I’m sure is the case with every job, the level of paperwork has risen considerably in the time I’ve been doing this – and email can be both a blessing and a curse at times!
By the time we get to this point in planning, the mainstay of the work is done. I have now moved into Deeside and will spend the next week in and around Rally Control, keeping a close eye on what’s happening in the preparation of the roads and then, once the event gets started, what’s going on in the stages and on the road sections to the stages.
I work very closely with clerk of the course Iain Campbell and our managing director Ben Taylor throughout the year and for us, collectively, this week’s about the potential for firefighting and the rapid implementation of plans B, C and D. Believe me, we have them.
Last year we got the call on Saturday night to say the service park had been hit by exceptionally high winds causing damage to some of the team structures. We couldn’t foresee exactly what was going to happen, but we had people on standby ready to deal with it when it did.
Hopefully the move forward into an October date will bring some nice autumn sunshine. If you’re free this weekend, head to Deeside and the surrounding forests – you won’t believe what the best drivers in the world can do with a car.
Andrew Kellitt was talking to David Evans.
Photography by Ben Miles and David Evans.