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Firstly, let us remember the lives of Shane Navin, Leigh Mundy and Dennis Neagle who died doing what they loved.

As heartbreaking as the accidents were, as is the unimaginable grief that their families are now enduring, all three were well aware of the risks involved – as is every single motorsport competitor in the world.

The Motorsport Australia investigation that will be chaired by Garry Connelly will step through the crashes and will no doubt do everything possible to reduce the chances of such tragedies happening again.

Yet calls for Targa to be banned are over the top by uneducated opponents of the rally.

If the reason to ban anything is because somebody has been tragically killed, then there won’t be many activities left in the world for anyone.

Should surfing be banned because of shark attacks? Cricket, because a batsman was hit with the ball and died? Where does it all end?

Rather than taking pot shots at a brilliantly well-run event, perhaps it’s time for those criticising to take a reality check themselves.

Life is not perfect, and accidents happen. Yes, let’s do what we can to mitigate the risks, but over reacting surely does nobody any good.

Mark Perry and his team at Targa Tasmania do a tremendous job running our country’s biggest motorsport event, and they’ll work night and day to try and ensure accidents like this are – if not eradicated – a rarity.

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Peter Whitten

Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.
Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.