The Foundation of Everything
One of the biggest projects ahead of the event is the safety plan of about 200 pages required by the FIA, the International Automobile Federation. It is the result of a large risk management operation designed to take into account all possible influencing factors
In addition to accuracy and precision, the job requires a good understanding of how cars may behave during special stages – not just in the normal course, but also in the event of an unexpected situation.
In the days leading up to the Arctic Rally Finland, all special stages will be gone through one more time to ensure that everything is in order for the rally. The rally route is several hundred kilometers long, and every single kilometer of the road is planned, licensed, and co-ordinated for safety.
Our Chief Safety Officer and Safety Assistant, as well as the Chiefs and Safety Officers of each special stage are always present in the final check. There are dozens of issues to cover in the Protocol.
Safety and crisis preparedness is not only a matter of seamless cooperation with various partners but also of continuous vigilance and preparedness. On the special stages, there is a helicopter and an ambulance ready to go and there will always be a qualified doctor at the message point.
Teamwork will be rewarded
The safety of special stages is the sum of many different parties. There are authorities from the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment to the Police, as well as the safety people of organising motorsport clubs and associations in the area. The number of people needed to conduct just one special stage is enormous, the amount being easily over 150 people.
One of the best prizes after the event, not only for the safety team but for the entire Finnish rally culture, is a well-completed event.
Let’s continue the good work of making the world’s best rallies, together!