The world motorsport governing body, FIA, through its safety delegate Michele Mouton will be reviewing the safety measures put up for the 2019 Safari Rally which doubles as a WRC candidate event.
The former WRC star arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Friday and will spend a week in the country.
Mouton will go through the entire Safari Rally itinerary to evaluate the safety measures. She will eventually give her recommendations before a stamp of approval to the event.
The Safari Rally is scheduled for 5-7th July in parts of Nairobi and Nakuru counties.
The safety measures encompasses framework of the FIA guidelines for crews, spectators and officials’ safety.
Mouton will have to review the standard of the event Safety plan; preparation of the special stage, safety cars, procedures incase of an incident, media safety among others.
This year’s Safari Rally is set to play role to determine WRC’s return to Kenya. The last WRC event was held in 2002.
The Safari Rally campaign to return to the world series registered some positives when the FIA president Jean Todt met with the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2015. Kenyatta promised his full support to have WRC back.
Kenya was eventually granted a WRC candiate event after an agreement between the WRC promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla and the government of Kenya signed last year in France.
The Safari Rally will as well play the fourth round of Africa rally championship.