By Mwambazi Lawrence

In the heart poundingworld of rally racing, where every twist and turn is a battle against time and terrain, safety remains paramount. Behind the scenes, ensuring the safety and fairness of these high-speed spectacles is Viren Goricha, a seasoned scrutineer with a keen eye for detail and a passion for motorsport.

The no nonsense rally scruteneer Viren Goricha imparting vital safety knowledge to rally officials and drivers earlier on in Kampala.(Photo credit Innocent Mutawe)

As an esteemed member of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Viren Goricha has dedicated years to the meticulous inspection of rally cars, ensuring they adhere to the stringent safety regulations and technical specifications set forth by governing bodies. In an exclusive interview, Garicha sheds light on the crucial role of scrutineering in rally events and shares insights into his experiences and challenges.

Lessons Learned Through Experience

Reflecting on his journey as a scrutineer, Mr.Viren emphasizes the importance of attention to detail. “It’s crucial to inspect the vehicles and ensure they meet all safety requirements,” he affirms. Moreover, effective communication and teamwork are indispensable for coordinating with drivers, event organizers, and fellow scrutineers. “Being thorough, organized, and having a keen eye for potential issues are key takeaways from my experience,” Viren adds.

Viren Goricha shares a word with FMU scruteener Moses Seguya.

Staying Ahead of the Curve

To stay abreast of the ever-evolving safety regulations and technical specifications,Viren emphasizes the importance of staying connected with motorsport governing bodies like the FIA. Regular updates and revisions to regulations are closely monitored, ensuring scrutineers remain informed and equipped to uphold safety standards.

The Scrutineering Process Unveiled

Behind the scenes where the heartbeat of rally racing begins (PHOTO BY JOHN BATANUDDE)

Viren offers a glimpse into the typical scrutineering process for rally cars, outlining the meticulous checks conducted on safety equipment, overall vehicle condition, and compliance with technical regulations. “Once satisfied, we issue a scrutineering pass, allowing the car to participate,” Viren explains. Cooperation between drivers, teams, and scrutineers is paramount throughout the inspection process.

Navigating Challenges with Precision

Scrutineering presents its own set of challenges, from time constraints to managing modifications and fostering effective communication. Viren underscores the importance of staying organized, informed, and diplomatic in overcoming these hurdles, ensuring safety and fairness prevail.

The Anatomy of a Competitive Rally Car

Viren delineates the key qualities that define a competitive rally car, emphasizing safety, performance, durability, compliance with regulations, adaptability, and teamwork. Each element contributes to the success of the team on the rally stage.

Memorable Moments and Future Prospects

From witnessing the prowess of rally cars up close to navigating the intricacies of scrutineering, Viren reflects on memorable experiences and anticipates the future of scrutineering. Advancements in sensor technology and digital documentation hold promise for enhancing efficiency and accuracy, ensuring rally events continue to evolve with the times.

As Viren continues to uphold the standards of safety and fairness in rally racing, his dedication serves as a beacon for motorsport enthusiasts worldwide. In the fast-paced world of rally racing, his meticulous scrutiny ensures that every competitor crosses the finish line safely and fairly.

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