One arrest and ten complaints against “Gumball 3000” –

Police have arrested a man in Switzerland while taking part in a supercar race along curves in the Alps in the canton of Valais. The police intervened by examining the “Gumball 3000” stage, which is an official legal event, but it turned into a serious challenge among the participants. The arrested driver was driving 153 mph on a road where the speed limit is 80.

The news was published yesterday by the Valais gendarmerie, although the episode dates back to a week ago. Apart from the arrest, the agents stopped and fined a total of one hundred luxury racing cars for violating road safety regulations. The arrested competitor is a 54-year-old Spanish national who was hitched along the Col du Grimsel: after his arrest he was banned from driving throughout Switzerland.

“Gunball 3000” is an event inspired by the American “Cannonball Run” that takes competitors from New York to Los Angeles in the space of a few days. The European race was a six-day course from Edinburgh to Montenegro. One of the stages involved getting from Amsterdam to the Alpine resort of Verbier in Switzerland (about 960 kilometres).

Anticipating that traffic on the Union roads would lead to infractions and dangers to safety, the Valais police proceeded with a series of searches which resulted in the arrest of the Spanish national in denunciations of ten others alike and in fines. to many other participants in the rally. The day after arriving in Verbier, specially built cars left for Venice.


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