7 safety precautions spectators should maintain during the WCR Safari Rally Championship

Kenyans are looking forward to watching the WRC Safari Rally Championship happening from 23rd to 26th June 2022 in Naivasha.

On January 23, 2022, Kenya signed an extension agreement with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the World Rally Championship granting us the right to host the WRC Safari Rally until December 2023, having lost the first year of our previous agreement (2020) to COVID-19 pandemic.

Just recently Kenyan spectators were told not to touch Safari Rally cars with red lights.

Many took it lightly but the reason behind that directive has finally been given.

According to WRC Safari Rally Kenya management

“A flashing red light, along with an alarm sound, means the car is unsafe.

No light means it is potentially unsafe. Only touch the car if there is a green light.”

Of importance to note is that

“Safety lights are on the windscreen and both side pillars of the cars.

Following an accident, a solid green light means it is safe to touch.

The HY symbol shows that this is a hybrid car. From 2022 onwards, all Rally1 cars have hybrid engines.”

Below are some guidelines spectators should follow to ensure their safety

  1. Obey the organizers’ instructions. If people are asked by the Route marshals to leave the dangerous place on the SS route, they should follow these instructions. In case of indiscipline, the special stage will be canceled!
  2. Especially dangerous locations are marked as “PROHIBITED AREA” or “NO GO AREA”. Do not try to enter these places, they can be terminally unsafe! Do not stand on “escape roads” as well. Do not cross the safety tape or net and stay behind it.
  3. Keep the distance from the edge of the roadway. Keep in mind the high speed of competing cars. It is impossible to eliminate either the driver’s mistake or an unpredictable technical defect of the vehicle.
  4. Don’t sit by the SS route. Always watch, what’s happening on the special stage. Think of quick evacuation of your place, at any time keep prepared an escape way and be prepared for quick reaction.
  5. Avoid places below the level of the route. Do not stand on the outer sides of curves, in front of houses, or other impassable obstacles. In the forest do not stand in front of the trees. For watching the competition shoose only places on elevated areas, behind solid obstacles, etc.
  6. Cooperate with Organizers and Route marshals, in case of a menace of danger organizer must be informed about the current situation. In case of any accident, spectators should wait with the possible help of the organizers’ disposition.
  7. Avoid driving on access roads upstream of competition vehicles approaching the SS during the rally. Roadways to the special stages are often narrow and racers could be in hurry.
  8. If you take the children to the rally, keep them under careful and constant view. Adults are fully responsible for children’s safety! Do not cross the roadway and do not walk on the SS route during the special stage! Take the position for watching the rally before the start of the first rally crews, not during the SS run.

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