FIA put 2020 Pearl Rally on yellow card

Friday December 6 2019

Dangerous. Rally fans watch Duncan Mubiru’s

Dangerous. Rally fans watch Duncan Mubiru’s Mitsubishi EvoX in Kapeeka. The fans stream into the roads during competitive sections, a thing that puts their lives in danger. PHOTO BY JOHN BATANUDDE. 

By Fredrick Musisi Kiyingi

The future of the Pearl Rally on the FIA African Rally Championship calendar remain in a balance.

This was after the World Motor Sport Council Annual General Assembly under the chair of the FIA President Jean Todt and FIA Deputy President for Sport, Graham Stoker put a yellow card on the annual event on Tuesday in Paris.

The fourth and final meeting of the year was held in Paris on Tuesday. The Pearl safety has been the concern of the FIA since the damaging report by Richard Leeke of South Africa who was the chairman of Stewards. His report slammed the organisers (FMU) and wanted the event overhauled. (Read Daily Monitor April 26, 2017)

The Safety again came under scrutiny During the Mbarara Rally when one person died after being knocked by a rally car. The accident forced the FIA to send officials to access the safety in Uganda events.

It is understood it’s this report by the Swedish FIA official Bertil Klarin which forced FIA to act on the event.

The FIA also directed all event be run on closed routes. Kenyan Manvir Baryan in Skoda hass won the past three events.