Tasmanian company Status Awareness Systems (SAS) has been awarded the contract to supply timing, tracking and connectivity solutions for the FIA World Rally Championship from 2018.
Australian rally crews will already be familiar with the ‘RallySafe’ units, which were first launched in 2010 and have been used by the CAMS Australian Rally Championship (ARC) in recent years.
“The FIA’s selection confirms both RallySafe’s status as the world’s leading rally management platform and SAS’s position as a global leader in automotive timing, safety and tracking solutions,” SAS said in a statement.
“SAS is committed to providing the FIA World Rally Championship with the best possible solutions for the coming five years.”
RallySafe will be used in the WRC from next year’s opening round, through to at least 2022. The company’s expansion will not affect its local program, with RallySafe systems continuing to be used in the CAMS ARC and other rally events next year and beyond.
CAMS CEO Eugene Arocca congratulated SAS on being the successful applicant for the FIA’s expression of interest.
“We at CAMS are very proud to see an Australian product at the forefront of world motor sport, particularly in the important area of safety in rallying,” Arocca said.
“Like Sir Jack Brabham all those years ago, Australians have always and will continue to bring ingenuity to our sport.”
Arocca also thanked the Australian rally community for embracing the RallySafe system.
“Together with CAMS, the Australian rally community has played a big part in the development of RallySafe, welcoming and working with products such as this one as we all work toward the end goal of increased safety in motor sport.”