Nairobi, March 14, 2018—The organisers of the 2018 ARC Safari Rally have master-minded a safety plan never seen in a motorsport in this region with 36 advanced and basic responder ambulances fielded in a distance of 500km just in case of any eventualities.
The ambulances with life support equipment will be deployed after every 5km throughout the competitive route, said Safari safety Officer Nazir YaKub.
Motorsport is exciting but inherently dangerous,” said Yakub.
“We have done and deployed everything at our disposal because in motorsport anything can happen. But we have the largest medical responders in East Africa.
“We have advanced and basic support with emergency intervention including helicopters and a light aero plane at Soysambu. By reasoning and reckoning we have done the best. Although one spectator stage has been cancelled we might create another and the good news is that it is dry south west of Kedong towards Mai Mahiu,” he said.
Yakub was briefing the acting Principal Secretary for Sports and Heritage Kassim Malim who has toured the WRC Safari Rally Project twice this week to be on top of things. “I wish to thank the WRC Safari Rally Project Steering Committee. On our part we are committed to provide all necessary security by deploying the police and the National Youth Service,” said Kassim.
Event Director Jim Kahumbura thanked the government for the support given. ‘We can’t take short cuts and are ready for the engagement ahead.
“On Monday we shall have a meeting the WRC Promoter Managing Director Oliver Ciesla who was expected last night. His presence is to survey the scenery.” He said.
The Chairman of the organizing Committee Phineas Kimathi said at least 36 cars have entered the Safari with five from Uganda and Tanzania and one Irish crew of husband and wife Mark and Catherine Shonnors.