Nairobi, Kenya, June 20 2019—Top Internationale Motorsport Federation (FIA) safety experts from Britain, Ruppert Hine and Sue Sanders, are training stage commanders and safety personnel who will officiate in the WRC Candidate Event Safari Rally.
The trainees will be in charge of high tier safety aspects which are of paramount importance and a prerequisite for the Safari to be re-admitted back to the World Rally Championship.
Safari medical team doctors Raj Jutley and David Karuri did practical drills on extrication of accident victims. Both sharpened their skills in WRC Rally GB in United Kingdom last year.
The experts who are regional trainers of the FIA were recommended by Motor Sports Association of Britain. They conclude the exercise on Friday.
Saunders expressed her amazement with the level of commitment shown by Kenyans “I am so happy to be here and amazed with the level of commitment, the demographics are really impressive with people of all ages volunteering to learn more.
“Your government’s commitment and organizational structure here (WRC Safari Rally Project) is also very impressive.”
“For me unfortunately I arrived straight to the training room on Wednesday and will leave without touring your good country on Saturday. But let us all hope this whole work won’t go to waste as we want to see Safari back in the championship.
Sanders is also the training manager of Motor Sports Association United.
Hine was also full of praise. “My first impression is enthusiasm shown by participants which is phenomenal. Be it anywhere in the world the foundation of motor sport is volunteers. In Rally GB we are supported by over 3000 volunteers,” added Hine who looks after all motor sport volunteers in Scotland. He is a trained vet by profession but motor sport organiser and volunteers.
Over 200 have been trained by local qualified trainers to serve in the Safari Rally.
This year’s Safari is a “trial”, World Rally Championship Candidate event, for the long sought inclusion in the 2020 calendar. Expectation is at fever pitch and for this year’s Safari counting as an African Rally Championship (ARC) edition; it is as if the Safari is surely back to the pre-2002 when the Kenya showcase was firmly regarded as the toughest and most thrilling round of the world championship.
In those days the dream view of the Safari was watching the world’s most iconic drivers storming through East African wild and on “crazy” roads, tracks, bushes, river beds, over mountains … etc. But still, for many Safari addict’s satisfaction was having even a glimpse of the fast cars at mostly the traditional start inside Nairobi’s city centre — outside City Hall or Kenyatta International Sports Centre (KICC) — and on tarmac “transport” roads to and from outside the city.