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Rally ace Kris Meeke leading drive for safety shake-up

By Sammy Hamill

Kris Meeke will don a different hat tomorrow night when he joins local competitors, officials and marshals to take part in a discussion forum on rally safety.

Just home from his starring role in Wales Rally GB where he finished second to World champion Sebastien Ogier, Meeke will be part of the panel at the Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch (7.30pm), when the Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs takes part in the UK Motor Sports Association's series of Rallyfuture Forums.

In the wake of a number of deaths in recent times, including three spectators being killed on the Jim Clark Rally in Scotland last year, safety is the MSA's priority and a programme has already been put in place to ensure the sport's future.

Meeke will be joined by former UK national champion Steve Perez to provide a driver's point of view and the forum will be led by MSA director Nicky Moffett and Jacqueline Campbell who heads the nationwide rally safety programme.

Meeke described the Clark Rally deaths as a tragedy and a "wake-up call" for the sport. "We have to educate people in what can happen when a car goes out of control," he said. The forum if open to everyone interested in rallying and admission is free.

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