International Safety Note System in Use on AGIP Rally

INTERNATIONAL SAFETY NOTE SYSTEM IN USE ON AGIP RALLY The international Safety Note system to be introduced into South African rallying for the first time on the Agip Rally on September 18 and 19, penultimate round of the Stannic National Rally...

INTERNATIONAL SAFETY NOTE SYSTEM IN USE ON AGIP RALLY

The international Safety Note system to be introduced into South African rallying for the first time on the Agip Rally on September 18 and 19, penultimate round of the Stannic National Rally Championship, will make a significant contribution to safety.

This is the view of clerk of the course Robert Marle who worked hand in hand with Swede Arne Johannsen, the inventor of the computerised system, in preparing the Safety Notes. Johannsen's system is already operational in the FIA World Rally Championship, with Safety Notes on the Agip Rally offered free of charge to crews in either digital or descriptive format.

"Johannsen's system is virtually fool proof and crews can trust the notes implicitly - in either format," said Agip Rally clerk of the course Robert Marle. "Crews are often a little wary of pre-prepared pace notes, but this is a new ball game.

"The notes are 100 percent accurate throughout and will take the guesswork out of interpretation. From a safety point of view, and the peace of mind of crews using the Johannsen method, this is a major plus factor."

Marle added that the Safety Notes would also eradicate one other problem - crews making illegal recces of the route. The Agip Rally was last year clouded by controversy when 11 time South African champion, Sarel van der Merwe, and Daewoo Motorsport team-mate Enzo Kuun were found guilty by Motorsport South Africa of route reconnaissance.

The pair were excluded from the results and suspended for one event. The loss of points and the suspension cost van der Merwe the opportunity of clinching a 12th South African rally championship.

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