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POTENTIAL DANGEROUS DESIGN - DROWNING IN THE DRAINAGE PONDS

A near tragic accident with the MSport rally team happened in Mexico when Msport rally car flipped into a pond.  Fortunately the car landed upright and the drivers escaped.  The Msport car is so well built that it eventually was dried out and competed again.  

We care for the safety of sporting car drivers but the Dovenby Hall Test Track may have a design that could result in a similar potentially fatal accident which we all want to avoid.  

Please view the video

Read the extract from “2014 11 13 To planning missing information Section 22 Machinery” page 3.  

Apex - Testing Facility Design Report 1-23 p22 states

“During the simulation process an assumption is made on what is likely to be the fastest vehicle around the circuit often based on aspired licence. For the M-Sport Evaluation Centre the run off has been designed based on the Apex simulation for an F3 car.”


However a F3 car weighs 750kg.  The Bentley and other race and road car weighs between 1,000 and 3,000kg.  


Heavier rally and road cars are likely to need bigger braking distance and run-off than lightweight single seat F3 cars.  


Some corporate event and private owners’ cars may be of a much lower standard than the F3 design parameters.  


Production development cars may fail under test conditions - if they were perfect they would not need testing and developing.  


Some cars could be “club racers” virtually DiY bangers prone to failure.


Driving skills from “have a go” enthusiasts playing with their overpowered sports car may eventually result in accidents.  


Corporate days and publicity sales trials may attract some people rich enough to pay but too poorly skilled to safely play at being rally and race car drivers for the day.  


There is only one letter that changes skilled to killed and this track may not have runoff areas to cater for unskilled drivers in a fail safe way.


If a car was to flip into the drainage ponds then the accident shown in Mexico could occur here.  We hope that safe operation and contingency planning will overcome inadequate development planning.


A letter on Allerdale website explains see Neighbour Comments 13-11-14 Nic.pdf

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THE TRACK LAYOUT SHOWING THE PONDS THAT CARS COULD FLIP INTO SIMILAR TO THE NEAR TRAGIC ACCIDENT SHOWN IN THE VIDEO.