Motorsport Safety & Rescue - April 2010 report

Motorsport Safety & Rescue are currently in the middle of their busiest month ever, with five separate events to attend this weekend.

Already this month MSR have provided safety and rescue for a rally at Oberon in New South Wales, and at the O’Neill’s Cold Water Classic surfing event at the end of March.

The Cold Water Classic included an entry from the world’s number two ranked surfer, and while the team had six or seven jobs to attend to, there were no major injuries.

This weekend sees the MSR crew spread all over the country, with events in Western Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales, and with team leader Geoff Becker heading for Indonesia.

Round two of the Australian Rally Championship, the Quit Forest Rally in WA, will see the biggest MSR contingent. Seven crews will cover the three-day event, which is once again being held in the south of WA, around Busselton.

Australia’s leading gravel rally drivers will contest the rally, with reigning champion Simon Evans the pre-event favourite.

In Victoria, a full field of 60 competitors will compete in round one of the Victorian Club Rally Series, Rally Bonnie Doon, while in NSW the Rally of Lithgow hosts round one of the NSW Rally Championship.

Two MSR crews will work on each event, while back home in Tasmania, one crew will cover a hillclimb just outside Burnie in the state’s north west.

While all this is happening, Geoff Becker will be in Indonesia with a delegation of some of the most highly respected people in world rallying, working on plans for Indonesia’s expected entry into the 2011 World Rally Championship.

“The meeting is to ensure that everything is in place for Rally Indonesia – from the event route, right through to the medical coverage on the rally,” Becker said.

“It’s a real honour to be asked to assist in the event planning, and shows the high regard in which MSR is now held in motorsport.”

Shortly after their biggest weekend ever, MSR will supply 34 people and 16 crews for Australia’s biggest tarmac rally, Targa Tasmania.

This will be the second year that MSR have covered the event, and their involvement will include having a key member in the incident control room at rally headquarters, and supplying seven medical and rescue vehicles.

Then, in May, comes round three of the Australian Rally Championship in Coffs Harbour, and the continued corporate work that keeps the MSR team busy on a week to week basis.

“Things are extremely busy, but we’re certainly not complaining,” Becker said.

“The team are doing a great job and we’re enjoying our involvement in world class events.”