Rally Finland Says Screw Safety And Uses Two Tractors To Form A Chicane

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I'm sure it'll buff out if you hit one.

There's no denying that rally drivers are some of the best drivers in the world. The car control and fast reactions necessary to keep a car on the road (or dirt) at speeds well over 100 mph is nothing short of miraculous to watch. These drivers compete on stages that are meant to be challenging but safe at the same time (well, as safe as a dirt road lined by trees can be). So when Rally Finland organizers decided to use full-size farm tractors to create an artificial chicane in one of their stages, competitors were livid, according to Autosport.

The use of the tractors as opposed to tires or other standardized barriers was due to a sponsorship tie-in from one of the rally sponsors. The sponsor in question is Finnish brand Valtra which, as you might have guessed, manufactures tractors.

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The majority of drivers and teams repeated the sentiment that the chicanes were unsafe and unfit for a professional rally event. And as you can see from the images, the tractors serve their purpose worse than a similarly placed tire barrier. Luckily, all of the competitors manage to make it through unscathed.

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