2006 - Porsche Mt Buller Sprint – Event Report

This was the first occasion that MSR had provided the coverage for this event and we undertook it with three First Intervention Vehicles (FIV's) and an ambulance supplied by Rural Ambulance Victoria. We were also supported by the Mansfield SES unit and the CFA.

The Prologue - Thursday 26th Jan

This was held in the township of Mansfield using a street circuit, a quite day for us and whilst a couple of cars had "offs" there were no patient injuries.

Special Stages 1 & 2 - Friday 27th Jan

A start to the competition with two runs up the mountain. There were a number of incidents as competitors settled into the rhythm of the competition. There were no patient injuries and a number of the vehicles were able to recommence on the Saturday.

Special Stages 3, 4, 5 & 6 - Saturday 28th Jan

The competition was heating up and so was the road, On special stage four we had an EVO go off on a corner and the co driver was transported to hospital via ambulance with minor injuries and was later discharged. Nine cars were held at the bottom and were later given a derived time. A number of other incidents occurred during the lunch break and during the transport section. One person required some additional treatment at the local hospital for a laceration.

Special Stages 7 & 8 - Sunday 29th Jan

During the conduct of special stage seven a significant accident occurred involving car 43 a Porsche entered by Malcolm and Blake Lynn. In this accident Blake suffered serious injuries and was trapped in the vehicle. Blake was extricated by the Mansfield SES with assistance in the planning from MSR's Jeff Woods, the extrication was difficult but the roll cage in the car certainly in our opinion did a great job. Blake was treated by our crew in particular Wayne Havenaar and Dr. Matthew Croxford with assistance from the ambulance crew and was flown by helicopter to the Alfred Trauma Centre in Melbourne.

Its is pleasing to report that Blake is showing positive signs in his recovery.

Malcolm was transported to Mansfield hospital with minor injuries and later released.

MSR would like to acknowledge the efforts of all parties that assisted with the management of this case and the excellent manner in which it was carried out.

Special Stage 8 was cancelled when the event ambulance was required for a non rally incident and the replacement time was going to be too great.

A big thanks to Porsche Australia for the provision of such great vehicles that allowed us to respond in a quick but safe fashion.

Next Event is the Porsche Club of Victoria - Hill Climb in February.