Iritrack: key to safety
Serge Barbieux presents the Iritrack, “the umbilical cord linking you to civilization”. This satellite-based tracking device will be installed in each vehicle. It allows the organization to determine the location of each team and follow their movements. It is the cornerstone of Rallye safety, and the Gazelles will need to remember the proper use of the three buttons. The blue button communicates directly with the Rallye control centre, the green button is used to request mechanical assistance, while the red button is used to call for medical assistance in the event of an accident or emergency.
The third teammate
Christian Viano is at the mechanics workshop, where every vehicle is scrutinized by the mechanics team: ground clearance, odometer, safety equipment, list of spare parts. The organizers also verify that the teams have no GPS or other prohibited equipment in their possession. The vehicles then pay a visit to the ‘sticker’ workshop. The vehicle stickers are not merely a decoration: they identify each team by number and provide visibility for event partners such as Koni France, MDJS, Euro4X4parts, Les Eaux Minérales d’Oulmès, Afriquia. Finally, the Gazelles are given a Bosch Car Service – Kraftwerk mechanics logbook to keep track of any problems and repairs made to the vehicle. The event doctors check that the Gazelles’ first aid kits are in order, and the verifications end with an official photo of the team and their vehicle.