The Trinidad and Tobago Rally Club (wishes to sincerely apologize to all our spectators, sponsors, and service providers for the premature termination of the final leg of our International Rally Trinidad 2013 on Sunday March 24th 2013.
Around 4.00pm immediately prior to the start of the event the TTRC was informed by the Inter Agency Task Force attached to the Marabella Police Station that we were not in compliance with the required officers for the venue of which only became apparent at that time. All attempts were made to rectify the situation to allow us to proceed with our annual International Sporting Event, however this was not permitted, and we were forced to discontinue the Event.
For the past 30 years, the TTRC has always ensured that all required documentation, insurances, approvals, certificates and/or permissions as may be required are prepared prior to any Rally event staged by our organization. The very nature of our sport demands that we follow proper protocols, and adhere to required procedure as ensuring that these are strictly followed could sometimes mean the difference between life and death.
Approvals and permissions were sought for all areas of Rally Trinidad, and were requested within the appropriate timeframe; however our internal miscommunication resulted in the Police not having their required strength at the venue.
We wish also to apologize to the spectators who were subjected to the unnecessary show of force by the Police and the manner in which they elected to shut the event down. We can confirm that the event was stopped when the Police arrived at our event. We complied with all their requests, and were just as shocked as everyone else to see the unnecessarily large compliment of Police in full Tactical Gear that subsequently entered the venue when in our opinion the first officer who arrived on site was all that was required for our compliance. Certainly there was no need for the loading of automatic weapons next to our patrons which consisted of families most with young children simply there to enjoy the afternoon of International Rallying in a controlled venue.
Our apologies are also extended to the International and Regional Competitors, Media and Supporters.
The TTRC will continue to offer safe Motorsport off the PUBLIC ROADWAYS of our Country. Rally Trinidad 2013 was otherwise a resounding success, and our Executive will be hosting another exciting Stadium styled Rally event carded for April 21st with free admission
. We give all assurances that this upcoming event will be packed with the same level of entertainment that is now synonymous with the Trinidad and Tobago Rally Club.
TTRC (Trinidad and Tobago Rally Club)
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