The 2013 Rally Safety Seminar was attended by over 100 delegates representing 28 countries, the FIA Institute reported. On the agenda were all areas of rallying, from regulation updates and medical guidelines to car design and training of officials.
“Addressing serious accidents in rallying is one of the FIA's top priorities," said FIA president Jean Todt. “Safety seminars such as this will help to ensure that the highest standards of safety are incorporated across all levels of the sport."
FIA delegates included World Rally Championship manager Michelle Mouton, FIA Rally Commission president Jarmo Mahonen, WRC medical delegate Jean Duby, and FIA Institute director of education Gus Glover. The meeting was hosted by HAKS, the Croatian Car and Karting Federation, and opened by HAKS secretary-general and president of the FIA's Central European Zone, Zrinko Gregurek.
“Rallying is the principal form of motor racing for ASNs in this region and safety is without doubt the most important topic for us," Gregurek said. “Thanks to the support of the FIA Institute we have been able to invite record numbers to this year's Rally Safety Seminar in Croatia. I do not doubt that delegates will have learnt valuable lessons which they will now be able to apply to events in their own countries."
One day of the three-day event was given over to an FIA rally safety seminar in which representatives from the world of rallying worked with the ASNs to improve safety at local and national events. The very nature of rallying as a sport makes it harder to limit hazards - where a circuit race takes place within closed confines, rallies cover miles of variable ground.
“The FIA Institute is pleased to have supported this event, which is essential for sharing the latest research on safety and medicine in rallying,” said FIA Institute president Gérard Saillant. “One of our primary goals is to support the ASN network in improving safety for their events and it is good that so many of them were in attendance.”