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Motorsport Safety & Rescue - January 2009 Report

Motorsport Safety & Rescue are gearing up for their biggest year yet, with a combination of new and existing events on their hectic schedule.

Included on their schedule are some of Australia’s biggest tarmac rallies, rounds of the prestigious Australian Rally Championship, and the tough and rugged Australasian Safari.

For the first time in many years, MSR will supply all safety and rescue services for Targa Tasmania, which annually attracts over 300 competitors.

“It’s going to be an incredibly busy year,” MSR Managing Director, Geoff Becker, said (pictured right). “Along with the regular events we have been doing for many years, we have also picked up contracts for the six-day Targa Tasmania, and the all-new Targa Wrest Point.

“It’s a huge event, and one that MSR are rapt to be involved with.”

MSR’s year kicks off with the Targa Wrest Point on January 31 and February 1, with a team of nine safety crews covering the inaugural event. Based in Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, Targa Wrest Point has attracted over 115 entries, and is the sister event to April’s Targa Tasmania.

A fortnight later, eight safety crews will cover the popular Rally Tasmania, which for 2009 is also a round of the Australian Rally Championship.

The MSR team then have a chance to get dirty with gravel events in Victoria and Western Australia, commencing with the Cerberus Stages (Victorian Championship, round one), the Forest Rally in WA (ARC round two) and Rally Bonnie Doon in north east Victoria.

Targa Tasmania follows in April, followed by Australia’s round of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, Rally Queensland, the Bega Rally in NSW, and the Coffs Harbour round of the Australian Rally Championship.

“It’s going to be an extremely busy year,” Becker added. “We also have commitments with the MotorImage Rally Team in the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, assisting team members and drivers Cody Crocker and Emma Gilmour in the hot and humid conditions that the championship encounters.

“We also have APRC commitments for the events in Queensland and on the North Island of New Zealand.”

And that’s just the first half of the year! The calendar after that doesn’t get any quieter, with more high profile events, including the week-long Australasian Safari.

In more good news for the MSR team, core group member, Jeff Woods, was recently awarded the Australian Ambulance Medal in the Australia Day honours. Our congratulations to Jeff; the honour is well deserved.

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients the very best for 2009, and hope that your motorsport year is a safe one.

We look forward to seeing you at events throughout the year.