The motorsport governing body of the UK, the MSA, has confirmed it is in negotiations with Kwiktrak (UK) Ltd regarding a live vehicle tracking system for UK stage rallying.
Both parties had originally anticipated that the system would be ready for introduction in a phased manner from the start of the 2017 season. However implementation has been delayed and it is intended that the system will be introduced at a later date, which will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Rob Jones, MSA chief executive, said: “We are pleased to be able to confirm that MSA is negotiating with Kwiktrak regarding the supply of a live vehicle tracking system, which will represent a very significant step forward for stage rally safety. Working towards a date for implementation has taken longer than we had anticipated however, and it is now clear that our previous target of the first events of the 2017 season was too optimistic. As soon as we are able, we will confirm a revised timetable for introduction.”
The proposed Kwiktrak system features bespoke software meeting the sport’s requirements, including – not limited to – being able to track up to 150 cars on any one event and provide coverage of up to four special stages simultaneously. There would also be a dashboard console allowing crews to communicate with Rally HQ in the event of an incident, including by voice if it is an emergency. An added benefit is that tracking data would be available to organisers and crews for up to 30 days following an event.