Motorsport Safety & Rescue - February 2010 report

Motorsport Safety & Rescue have enjoyed working on their home event, with the running of Rally Tasmania on February 26, 27 and 28.

While MSR boss, Geoff Becker, was at the front of the event arranging the setting up of stages, eight MSR crews performed the important medical and rescue roles over the three days of the all-tarmac rally.

While the crews had a few call outs during the rally, there were no injuries suffered by competitors.

The event was won by the Subaru Impreza WRX of Steve Glenney and Alan Stean, ahead of Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Smyth in another Subaru. It was the second time in three years that Glenney has won Rally Tasmania.

Former winner, and event leader, Jim Richards, had to withdraw from the rally early on the final day with steering problems in his Porsche 911 GT2.

MSR would like to wish event secretary, Stefanie Stoll, all the best as she continues her travels and then heads home to Germany. Stefanie was a big hit with competitors in her short time working for Rally Tasmania, and her smiling face will be missed.

Geoff Becker is off to Indonesia in the second week of March for the first round of the Indonesian Rally Championship.

MSR will be supporting Serge Motorsport, where 15-year old rising star Sean Galael will drive a Subaru Impreza. Sean is the son of 2006 Indonesian Rally Champion Ricardo Galael. Cody Crocker will also compete in the event.

The next two months are going to be busy ones for MSR, starting with the O’Neill’s Cold Water Classic surfing event from March 23 to 29. To be held at Marrawah in Tasmania, this will be the second year that MSR have had a paramedic on-site at the popular event.

On the weekend of April 17 and 18 the MSR team will assist at three events across three states, beginning with the Quit Forest Rally in Western Australia – round two of the Australian Rally Championship.

Seven MSR crews will work on the event, plus an FIV to look after the motorbike event that will run at the back of the rally car field. MSR have employed their most experienced motorbike paramedic for the job, who was worked on the past two Australasian Safaris, as well as with some of the leading motorbike teams.

That weekend will also see two crews working at Rally Bonnie Doon in north East Victoria, and at the first round of the NSW Rally Championship, the Rally of Lithgow.

Later in April is the big one, Targa Tasmania. This will be the second year that MSR have supplied full medical and rescue support for Australia’s biggest tarmac rally.

Sixteen MSR crews will again attend the event, which winds its way across the top of Tasmania, before heading down the west coast to Strahan, and then across to the state capital, Hobart, for the finish.

Targa is a massive event that involves intricate planning in order to ensure all medical crews are located in the right place at the right time. With up to 300 cars in the event, it could well be a busy week for the team.

In between motorsport events, the regular corporate and manufacturer events continue to keep the team busy.