Motorsport Safety & Rescue - February 2011 report

The competition year has begun with Motorsport Safety & Rescue providing seven First Intervention Vehicles for the third running on Targa Wrest Point.

Held on the last weekend in January, the Octagon-run event had over 130 entries for the two-day tarmac rally.

Weather conditions for the 14 competitive stages were fine and sunny, with only one competitor requiring transportation to hospital. This was respected Victorian competitor and event director, Stuart Lister, who suffered arm and foot injuries when the VW Golf of he and driver, Dave Watson, suffered brake problems and hit an earth bank.

Stuart is well known to the team because of his involvement as an organiser, and

is now recovering from his injuries. We’d like to wish him all the best and hope that it’s not long before he’s back to full health.

“Targa Wrest Point ran extremely well this year,” MSR’s Geoff Becker said. “The event is now over any teething problems and it is an important round of the new Australian Targa Championship.”

MSR’s year now starts to get busy. Next up is the first running of Classic Tasmania in Burnie, to be run in conjunction with Rally Tasmania, also as a tarmac rally.

Because the event is literally in MSR’s backyard, organisation becomes easier, but seven crews will still be required to ensure that competitors receive the best medical care should they be unfortunate enough to have an accident.

March is when the rally season really starts to ramp up, with most state championships getting underway, before MSR’s biggest event for the year, Targa Tasmania, in early April.

The 20th anniversary of Targa Tasmania has already attracted over 350 entries, and with 17 crews for the rally, MSR’s team will be extremely busy over the course of the seven-day event.

“Targa will be our big event for the year,” Becker added, “but the weekend before that we’ll have a crew at the Longford Revival in Tasmania, which is to be held on the old Longford race circuit.”

Mercedes F-Cell World DriveUp to 100 racing cars are expected to compete at the event, with thousands of spectators on hand to witness some of the most impressive and influential racing cars in Australia’s history.

On-going corporate work continues to keep the team busy as well, helped by a particularly buoyant automotive industry that will this year see around 100 new cars being launched onto the Australian market.

A key event on MSR’s corporate calendar this year will be the Mercedes-Benz F-CELL World Drive (pictured right), a 125-day circumnavigation of the world that started in Stuttgart, Germany, on January 30.

Mercedes F-Cell World DriveMSR will play a significant role in the logistics side of the Australian leg, as well as providing all medical support.

Using three Mercedes-Benz B-Class vehicles featuring local zero-emission fuel cell drives, the cars will travel across four continents and through 14 countries, heading around the globe once and finishing their "world tour" back in Stuttgart where they started.

With the F-CELL World Drive, Mercedes-Benz is aiming to confirm the technical maturity of fuel cell technology, as well as the suitability for everyday use of the vehicles. At the same time, the company will also take the opportunity to enforce the political call to establish a comprehensive filling station infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles.