Motorsport Safety & Rescue - January 2010 report

2010 has started successfully for Motorsport Safety & Rescue, with a hectic final weekend in January that saw the team working on three different events.


Seven MSR crews covered the second annual Targa Wrest Point in Hobart, with fine and sunny weather greeting the 150 competitors in the two-day event.


Targa Wrest Point crash“Logistically this is an interesting event, because of the double usage of the Tahune Air Walk stage on day one, and the repeat usage of stages on day two,” MSR’s Geoff Becker explained.


“We were able to manage things well, and our operational planning worked just as we’d hoped.”


There were five transportations to hospital during the rally, but fortunately only one of those competitors was required to stay overnight.


“Once again there was clear evidence of the value of the HANS Device, with several head-on type incidents resulting in no major injuries,” he added. “There were a few competitors with sore necks and backs, and some soft tissue injuries, but nothing major.”


Of the incidents attended, only one of those was a mid-stage response where the competition had to be interrupted – the others were all attended after the stage had been completed. Often the cars were harder to find than the competitors (see right).


“Octagon and the Targa organisers have really got their events running well, and we look forward to being involved in their future rallies.”


The same weekend also saw the team cover a club race meeting at Symmons Plains (no incidents), while a crew of five people covered the Pure Tasmania Wildside MTB mountain bike event in the north of the state. Over 400 riders entered the bi-annual event, which moved from Cradle Mountain to Strahan, via the west coast.


There were the typical scrape type injuries associated with mountain bike events, but nothing any more serious.


MSR also supplied tent packages to the event as well, which went down really well with the competitors.


MSR's Tent CityA team would erect 22 tents at each overnight stop, equip them with beds and bedding, and deliver competitors’ luggage to the tent’s front door. When the crews finished a tough day in the saddle, they simply had to arrive at their tent and relax. (See photo at left)


It’s a scenario that’s likely to be repeated at similar events in the future.


Looking ahead, MSR’s home event, Rally Tasmania, is next on their schedule, with eight crews working on the three-day tarmac rally. And being their home event, it is logistically a little easier on the team.


“The more events we do the easier they become and the better resourced we are,” Becker said. “We now own all our own gear, and this makes things so much easier, both in the planning and on event.”


Following Rally Tasmania there is a hectic couple of months ahead with the Forest Rally (WA), Rally Bonnie Doon (VIC) and the Lithgow Rally (NSW) – all on the same weekend - followed by Targa Tasmania and the regular corporate work.


It ensures that the MSR crew will be kept busy, but as always, we hope that our involvement on events is purely precautionary.