Randeep Singh and navigator Gurvinder Singh - Winners of the Utrack Nane Nane Rally 2015

The Utrack Nane Nane Rally was indeed a difficult race with tough routes considering how several high profile drivers crashed out in the early sections of the rally. The tough routes took down high profile drivers such as Jamil Khan, Kirit Pandya and Onkar Rai among others.

To gauge just how tough this rally was we should note that in total, out of the 24 drivers that started in the first section, only 13 drivers made it through all the six sections.

After six grueling sections, the overall winner of the rally was Randeep Singh and navigator Guvinder Singh driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX with a total time of 1:31:27. In second and third place was Rajpal Singh and Gurjit Singh respectively. 

  

 

Below are the rest of the results for the drivers that completed the race:

  1. Randeep Singh / Guvinder Singh             1:31:27
  2. Rajpal Singh Dhani / Sinder Sudle            1:31:40
  3. Gurjit Singh / Shameer Yusuf                   1:32:39
  4. Alastair Cavenagh / Gavin Lawrence           1:40:09
  5. Shafin Khan / Farhaad Mustafa                 1:41:00
  6. Gerald Miller / Manmeet Singh                  1:45:26
  7. Jayant Shah / Ravi Chana                        1:49:11
  8. Salvatory Mcharo / Victor Jackson             1:51:38
  9. Kelvin Taylor / Issack Taylor                     1:52:30
  10. Kailesh Chauhan / Adnan Din                    1:55:08
  11. Juma Shabani / Eddy Aslam                      1:55:10
  12. Bob Taylor / Ally Hamoud                         1:58:00
  13. Abdul Hakim Bashir / Nimesh Topiwala        2:20:33

  

 

Utrack Africa Limited – Provision of RMS Competitors Safety Tracking System

Just like in the previous rallies, the event organizers needed to be able to know where each and every rally car was positioned and how they are progressing in the race in real time. Utrack Africa being one of the leading vehicle tracking companies in Tanzania provided high-tech GPS trackers and installation services for all the rally vehicles that took part in the race. 

  

The tracking system was able to:

  • Monitor and keep track of all the rally cars in real time.
  • Alert the organizers via email or SMS every time each of the cars enter or left certain areas and also when they went off the predefined routes (Geo-fencing). 
  • Discourage mischief among the rally drivers as they were aware that they were being closely monitored by the organizers.

Aide the emergency crews by enabling them to easily track & trace the drivers in case of serious trouble such as accidents/injuries. An example is when Mr. Kirit Pandya’s vehicle made a heavy landing leaving him with a back injury, rescue efforts were immediately sent to his position.

 

   

   

Paths taken by the top three drivers during the rally (Randeep has two separate reports because his RMS tracker was replaced)

 

The system allowed users (this included fans who wanted to track their favorite drivers) to:

  • View the rally cars’ positions and progress in real time. This was achieved by either logging in to a web portal or by downloading the Olympia Tracking Android & iOS application.

 

Radiowave Communications Limited – Provision & Setup of Radio Communication Equipment

In any event, communication is very important especially among the organizers. The organizers need to be able to promptly and efficiently communicate with each other and other members monitoring the event so that they can respond accordingly to situations and emergencies.

Radiowave Communications Limited provided and setup communication equipment for the rally event. The company provided and setup a VHF communications repeater system and provided two-way radios to the event supervisors so that they could keep in touch at all times throughout the competition.

The radio communication system:

  • Provided clear, consistent and reliable communication among the organizers.
  • Provided a link and flow of information between the command centre and the various coordinators on the ground.
  • In the emergency cases, the system was used to easily coordinate rescue efforts
  • Enabled the organizers to always be in the loop on the situation at hand.  

 

Zully Mohamed, MD, Utack Africa & Radiowave Communications, taking charge at the Rally’s Control Room

Kenyans at the Rally Event

Kenyans were adequately represented at the Utrack Nane Nane Rally 2015. Two time Kenyan champion, Alastair Cavenagh, led teams from Kenya in his Porsche 911. The drivers from Kenya included:

  1. Onkar Rai
  2. Alastair Cavenagh
  3. Tejveer Rai
  4. Kailesh Chauhan
  5. Raymond Kariuki

Alastair Cavenagh and navigator Gavin Laurence were the best-placed Kenyan crew finishing in fourth place overall. Onkar Rai and navigator Gareth Dawe bowed out of the race in the fifth section after their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X got an accident. This mishap cost the team an outright victory. Onkar Rai’s brother Tejveer Rai also crashed out with his Porsche 911.

Kenya's hopes for outright victory were dashed after Onkar Rai and his navigator Gareth Dawe of Zimbabwe, bowed out of the rally within sight of victory in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. Similar fate befell Onkar's brother Tejveer Rai who was also doing well before his Porsche 911 was forced to stop in the fifth section.

[accordion id="sc-accordion"]

[accordion_item title='SAFETY OF THE DRIVERS PARAMOUNT AS UTRACK STEPS IN AS MAJOR SPONSOR OF THE NAE NANE ARUSHA RALLY.']

By Abdul Sidi 

With Utrack on board, the organizers of the Arusha Rally have gone up a notch on the safety of the competitors taking part in the fourth round of the Tanzania Rally Championship.

With the rally cars getting quicker, drivers' safety is considered as paramount in a game that is renowned for speeds and taken to be as one of the most dangerous sport of motor rallying in the world.

For the Arusha Rally, that has attracted some of the most high profile drivers from home and away, all cars must be fitted with the transponders that are able to send messages of distress to the Rally Headquarters in case of any dangers that can erupt during the competition.

The Utrack sponsorship deal with the Arusha Motor Sports Club, will no doubt be crucial and beneficial not only to the organizers of the great event, but more importantly to the competitors, whose lives are always at the highest risks.

Utrack covers the cost for the tracking unit and installation services into the rally cars, which means the drivers bear no cost to the safety devices.

I was able to get some of the details on how the Utrack tracking system works:

The systems utilizes the GPS technology whereby a GPS enabled tracking unit is installed into the vehicles and then the unit communicates with a Satellite, GSM/GPRS network and our software platform.

The GPS tracking unit supports many different communication protocols, including GSM, CDMA, HSDPA, TCP/ IP and SMS. It can also communicate alerts and information to mobile devices and to any number of Control centers.

The rally officials will have their email addresses and mobile numbers configured to receive notifications and alerts from the system.

PANIC BUTTON

Once a driver presses the panic button, a SOS message/notification is immediately dispatched to the rally officials, their Control Room at the Service Park and the main Control Room at Utrack Africa office HQ. The message/notification will be received in form of email and/or SMS.

The message will contain the GPS co-ordinates of where the button was pressed from so emergency actions can be taken immediately. A full report on the events leading up to the emergency can be retrieved from the software platform.

GEO-FENCE

The rally route is clearly marked and the coordinates entered into the system. Every time a driver veers off the marked route, an alert is triggered and sent to the configured recipients.

When a driver enters or leaves certain marked locations/points, an alert is also triggered. This means the system can be used to determine the exact time a rally car passed a certain point.

REPORTS

Custom reports can be generated later depending on what information is required.

[/accordion_item]

[accordion_item title='SAFETY OF THE DRIVERS PARAMOUNT AS UTRACK STEPS IN AS MAJOR SPONSOR OF THE NAE NANE ARUSHA RALLY.']

By Abdul Sidi 

With Utrack on board, the organizers of the Arusha Rally have gone up a notch on the safety of the competitors taking part in the fourth round of the Tanzania Rally Championship.

With the rally cars getting quicker, drivers' safety is considered as paramount in a game that is renowned for speeds and taken to be as one of the most dangerous sport of motor rallying in the world.

For the Arusha Rally, that has attracted some of the most high profile drivers from home and away, all cars must be fitted with the transponders that are able to send messages of distress to the Rally Headquarters in case of any dangers that can erupt during the competition.

The Utrack sponsorship deal with the Arusha Motor Sports Club, will no doubt be crucial and beneficial not only to the organizers of the great event, but more importantly to the competitors, whose lives are always at the highest risks.

Utrack covers the cost for the tracking unit and installation services into the rally cars, which means the drivers bear no cost to the safety devices.

I was able to get some of the details on how the Utrack tracking system works:

The systems utilizes the GPS technology whereby a GPS enabled tracking unit is installed into the vehicles and then the unit communicates with a Satellite, GSM/GPRS network and our software platform.

The GPS tracking unit supports many different communication protocols, including GSM, CDMA, HSDPA, TCP/ IP and SMS. It can also communicate alerts and information to mobile devices and to any number of Control centers.

The rally officials will have their email addresses and mobile numbers configured to receive notifications and alerts from the system.

PANIC BUTTON

Once a driver presses the panic button, a SOS message/notification is immediately dispatched to the rally officials, their Control Room at the Service Park and the main Control Room at Utrack Africa office HQ. The message/notification will be received in form of email and/or SMS.

The message will contain the GPS co-ordinates of where the button was pressed from so emergency actions can be taken immediately. A full report on the events leading up to the emergency can be retrieved from the software platform.

GEO-FENCE

The rally route is clearly marked and the coordinates entered into the system. Every time a driver veers off the marked route, an alert is triggered and sent to the configured recipients.

When a driver enters or leaves certain marked locations/points, an alert is also triggered. This means the system can be used to determine the exact time a rally car passed a certain point.

REPORTS

Custom reports can be generated later depending on what information is required.

[/accordion_item]

[accordion_item title='Arusha’s Utrack Nane Nane Rally Attracts Top Kenyan Drivers']

By Abdul Sidi 

The level of playing field in the Tanzanian Rallying scene bound to change with the emergence of the top Kenyan drivers attracted by this weekend's Arusha's Utrack Nane Nane Rally. 

One of the hottest names in both the Kenya National Rally Championship and the FIA African Rally Championship circus, Jassi Chatthe will be back in Tanzania for the latest round of the home series. Chatthe is also the former ARC Tanzania Rally Champion. He will be in his customary Mitsubishi Lancer EvoX for the Arusha event. 

With Tanzania having some of its best drivers in action, the battlefield looks set to be one of the most fascinating show ever seen in the local series for a long time. With home advantage and also considered as some of the best drivers to emerge from Tanzania, local boys are also expected to show theirmuscles in an event that has attracted all the top competitors from the region. 

Current leader of the home series, Dharam Pandya, compatriotsGurji Dhani, Jamil Khan, Gurpal Sandhu and Gerard Miller have at times proved to be tough nuts to crack at home. Former Kenya National Rally Drivers Champion, Alastair Cavenagh is among several other drivers from across the border, who will be taking part in one of leading rounds of the Tanzania Rally Championship at the wheels of a Porsche. 

He will be joined by the Rai brothers, Onkar and Tejvir at the wheels of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X and Porsche 911 respectively. CurrentKenya National champion will also be in Arusha though, he will be playing adifferent role as a navigate to Tejvir. 

Other Kenyan drivers are Kailesh Chouhan/Adnan Din (Ford Escort MK2), Raymond Kiruki/Julius Mwachuya (Subaru Legacy) and Asad Khan/Mwangi Kioni (Subaru N10). While some of them will be venturing in the Tanzanian territory for the first time, the likes of Shameer Yusuf and Aswani Kuya have alreadyestablished themselves as top navigators in the series by guiding local drivers.  

The first part of the programme will start with the official reconnaissance of the two event on Thursday and Friday while scrutineering of the rally cars will be one done on Saturday morning. The Ceremonial Start  will take place Saturday at 2pm from the Kibo Palace followed by first of the competitive stages (17.60kms) to kick off from Ardhai at 3pm. 

The overnight rest halt will be at Yellow Stone followed by: Leg 2 Start-Sunday 7.30am @Yellow Stone, Finish at 5pm at Meserani, Podium Ceremony/Prize Giving -Yellow Stone at 6pm

[/accordion_item] 

[accordion_item title='RALLY NAVIGATORS TRAINING']

By Abdul Sidi 

RALLY STAGES

1. It is important to realize that a rally is made up of both Special Stages (the competitive part) which are linked together with non-competitive Road Sections.

2. The whole rally will follow a strict route and time schedule. While it is virtually possible to get lost or make timing errors on the Special Stages, it is very easy also for a co-driver to make these mistakes on the Road Sections.

3. Even if a driver is quickest on all the Stages, a simple mistake by the co-driver can receive a heavy penalty and prevent the team from winning the event.

4. The Road Book will define the route between Stages using diagrams of road junctions and the distances between them.

5. Note that not all junctions may be shown in the road book – at junctions that are not shown, you should continue straight on.

TIMING:

1. Timing is where your stage start time is used for a complete section, which will include the stage & the road section following.

2. Here, the time of the stage finish is recorded for the purpose of the event, but not used to calculate your road section time.

3. You should work out your Due Time at the next control by adding the Target Time to your Stage START time.

4. This means the quicker you go on the stage, the more time you have to take on your road section.

5. On both Target Timed and Timed events, some Road Sections (e.g. the route to the first stage) may not be preceded by a Special Stage. On these sections, both timing systems are identical.

6. Some other Sections (e.g. Service Areas) may be marked as Road Sections. You may be given a Target Time of, say 30 minutes to travel a very short distance, giving you plenty of service time.

7. Alternatively, at some controls (normally controls at the exits of Service Areas and Regroups) the organizer will not specify a Target Time but actually inform you of your Due Time (e.g. at the Service In control).

8. If you book in early at a Time Control, you will be penalized (usually 1 minute per minute early).

9. Other events will penalize you (typically 10 seconds per minute late). In both cases however, your lateness will be added to your overall "lateness"

10. Each event will define a "Maximum Permitted Lateness" (MPL – typically 15 or 30 minutes). If your total "lateness" exceeded this, you will be excluded.

11. Sometimes events will "reset" your total "lateness" to zero at certain points (e.g. regroups).

12. You cannot reduce your overall "lateness" by booking into controls early!

13. Time Cards for Target Timed events will often include "Bogey" and "Stage Target" times as well as "Road Target" times printed on them.

14. Only the "Road Target" is important. Although you shouldn’t really place any unofficial marks on your timecard, crossing out (in pencil) the "Bogey" and "Stage Target" times will stop you accidentally using the wrong time when calculating your Due Time.

15. The "Stage Bogey" is the fastest possible time for the Stage. It is very unlikely you will be faster than this, but if you are, you will be awarded the Bogey time, not your actual time.

16. The "Stage Target" is the slowest possible time for the Stage. You will normally easily beat this time unless you have a problem on the stage.

17. If you exceed this time, you will be awarded the "Target Time", not your actual time, BUT the additional time you take in excessive of the Target Time will be added to your overall lateness.

18. Timecards are usually only made of thin card. If you attach your time card to a clipboard it will be easier for the marshals to handle.

 

CONTROL PROCEDURE:

1. Each Time Control is laid out in a similar way.

2. For the "Arrival Control" there is a board with a picture of a clock, on a yellow background, giving warning that there is a time control ahead, generally 25m apart

3. At the actual control, the same picture of a clock on a board, this time with a red background, is shown.

4. Time controls for stages will always start with an "Arrival Control" as above.

5. Then there will be a board with a flag diagram within a circle on a red background. This shows the stage start. The actual Start time will be recorded by a marshal on the time card.

6. Once you have booked into the Arrival Control, you are in "dead-time" zone.

7. The finish of the stage is marked with a board with a chequered flag on a yellow background, which gives warning that the flying finish is approx. 100m away.

8. The "flying finish" board is similar with a chequered flag on a red background, at which point your time through the stage will be recorded. (Do not stop at the Flying Finish!)

9. Slow down to the time control which is marked by a stop board on a red background. Here the marshals will write the time recorded as you passed the flying finish, onto your time card.

10.  Sometimes, the end of each control area is marked by a board with a beige circle and three black transverse lines through it, generally 50m further on from the control board.

11. There are limitations to the work which can be done within "the control" so the end board is quite important to note, too.

12. For example, you may change a puncture, again with permission, between the arrival control and the stage start, but you have a maximum of 5 minutes to do this.

RECORDING YOUR ACTUAL TIME

1. You are allowed to enter the control during your "minute" or the minute immediately preceding it.

2. For example, if you need to arrive at 08:45, you may enter the control at 08:44:00 and proceed to the red board. Do not pass the Yellow Board before this time. Do not however, hand over your time card until 08:45:00 has elapsed.

3. There are strict rules for behavior within the control zone:

a) The check in procedure begins the moment the vehicle passes the time control zone entry sign (yellow board)
b) Between the zone entry sign and the actual time control, the crew is forbidden to observe a halt of any kind, or drive at an abnormally slow speed
c) The clocking of the time card can only be carried out if the two crew members and the car are in the control zone and within the immediate vicinity of the control table
d) The check in time corresponds to the exact moment at which one of the crew members hands the time card to the Control Official (Marshal)
e) Then, either by hand, or by a printout device, the Marshal marks on this card the actual time at which the card was handed in, and nothing else
f) The target check in time is the time obtained by adding the time allowed to complete the road section to the start time for this section, only using the times to the complete minute
g) The crew will not incur any penalty for checking in before time if the vehicle enters the control zone during the target check-in minute or the minute preceding it
h) It is your responsibility to ensure you get the correct time on your time card. Even if this means getting out of your car and walking to the marshal!

TYPES OF CONTROLS

1. Main Controls (Start, Finish)

2. Time Control

3. Stage Arrival & Start

4. Stage Finish

5. Passage Controls

6. Regroup Control

STAGE START ROUTINE:

a. Have ready the correct set of Pace-Notes for stage
b. Turn off Radio and Mobile Phones as they may interfere with the intercom during the stage.
c. Check both helmets are fastened properly
d. Check both seat belts are fastened properly and are tight
e. Set trip meter to zero
f. Set stopwatch to zero
g. Tell the driver a little about the stage, particularly the first section
h. Repeat the Marshal’s countdown
i. Start the stopwatch

Co-Driver's Equipment

1. Helmet
2. Race Suit
3. Neck Brace
4. Trip Meter (calibrated!)
5. Foot Rest
6. Map Light
7. Seating Position.
8. Seat Belts
9. Pace Note Books
10. Co-Driver Bags
11. Intercom

Top Tip: Always, always fit a brand new battery to the intercom before a rally and always carry a brand new spare. The additional expense is so low compared with the overall cost of the event so it is just not worth economizing.

[/accordion_item]

[accordion_item title='Provisional Entry List']

The provisional entry list is as follows:

  1. Onkar RAI (EVO 10) - KENYA
  2. Tevjeer RAI (PORCHE 911) - KENYA
  3. Jassi CHATTHE (EVO 10) - KENYA
  4. Gerald MILLER (EVO 9) - TANZANIA
  5. Grupal SANDHU (EVO 10) - TANZANIA
  6. Shafin KHAN (EVO 9) - TANZANIA
  7. Asad KHAN (KALULU) (N10) - KENYA
  8. Randeep SINGH ( EVO 9) - TANZANIA
  9. Dharam PANDYA (EVO 9) - TANZANIA
  10. Alistair CAVENAGH (PORCHE 911) - KENYA
  11. Kailesh CHOULAN (FORD ESCORT MK II) - KENYA
  12. Larry HORN (PORCHE 911) - TANZANIA
  13. Jayant SHAH (PORCHE 911) - TANZANIA
  14. Gurjit DHANI (N10) - TANZANIA
  15. Rajpal DHANI (N10) - TANZANIA
  16. Kirit PANDYA ( GC8) - TANZANIA
  17. Binesh HARIA (GC8) - TANZANIA
  18. Raymond KAIRUKI (SUBARU LEGACY EX - AZAR ANWAR) - KENYA
  19. Salvatory MCHARO (GC8) - TANZANIA
  20. Teji BALA (EVO 4) - TANZANIA
  21. Erfan ALADIN (EVO 9) - TANZANIA
  22. Faisal NANYANI (N11) - TANZANIA
  23. Jamil KHAN (N12) - TANZANIA
  24. Juma SHABANI (N10) - TANZANIA
  25. Rafique DIN MOHAMED (PEUGOT 505 V8) - TANZANIA
  26. Victor ROGATH (SUBARU LEGACY) - TANZANIA
  27. HAKIM (GC8) - TANZANIA
  28. ABDUL (FORD EX MDABI) - TANZANIA
  29. Kelvin TAYLOR (TOYOTA CELICA GT4) - TANZANIA
  30. Bob TAYLOR (SUBARU LEGACY) - TANZANIA

[/accordion_item]

[accordion_item title='Official Nane Nane Rally Route']

The UTRACK NANE NANE RALLY 2015 will take place on the 25th – 26th July, 2015 in Arusha, Tanzania. Preparations are underway and it is expected to attract hundreds of rally enthusiasts from Tanzania and neighboring countries.

Kibo Palace Hotel was confirmed as the Official Rally Ceremonial start point for the rally event. The rally will be hosted by the Arusha Motor Sport Club (AMSC) and will be fully sponsored by Utrack Africa Limited and Radiowave Communications Limited. 

Official Utrack Nane Nane Official Rally Route

[/accordion_item]

[accordion_item title='RMS Competitor Safety Tracking System for all Rally Vehicles']

Just like in the previous rallies, the event organizers will need to be able to know where each and every rally car is positioned and how they are progressing in the race in real time. Utrack Africa being one of the leading vehicle tracking companies in Tanzania will provide high-tech GPS trackers and installation services for all the rally vehicles that will be taking part in the race.

   

  

[/accordion_item]

 [/accordion]