Manvir Baryan Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] 2017 Pearl Rally podium finishers Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The 2017 Pearl Rally report has heaped praise on organisers of the ARC round.

Last year, the Pearl rally event ran short of the FIA requirements as so many departments of the organisation underscored. Pearl rally scored the least points (745) among the six ARC events organised last year.

But a report that Kawowo Sports has been privy to shows that Uganda exhibited significant improvement this year.

Pearl rally has scored 835.5 points with commendations in general organisation, itinerary, media and technical areas having been revised during this year’s championship event that ran from 29th June to 1st July

However, there were some areas of note that require immediate reform according to the report.

Safety was a major highlight with the report indicating that organisers fell short in implementing the event safety plan.

“Spectators and competitors safety needs serious attention in the safety plan. Spectator areas were not shown, near by hospitals not indicated as well as emergency exits. The safety officers seemed to have the safety plan details in their head,” the report states.

Time equipment was yet again noted as a serious concern in the report. Uganda’s equipment was regarded as ‘very outdated and all manual to give actual times’.

“There were countdown lights at some starts but controllers also do the manual countdown. They should stop this as I observed a controller indicating the car to go at least two seconds before the green light,” stated Willie du Plessis who wrote the report.

The report however acknowledged the popularity of motorsport as being the most exciting with the biggest fan base of all events.

Next year’s Pearl of Africa Rally is scheduled for July 20-22.

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