Motorsport Safety & Rescue - May 2009 Report

The busy times continue for Motorsport Safety & Rescue with several major events attended by the crews during May.

MSR provided eight vehicles for the Queensland round of the Australian Rally Championship, including the Toyota Troop Carrier rescue vehicle.

Rally Queensland was round four of the 2009 ARC, as well as being a round of the Queensland Rally Championship, with over 50 cars competing over the two days of the rally, based on the Sunshine Coast.

The MSR team attended two incidents over the course of the event, with one driver requiring an overnight stay in hospital for observation only.

The other incident, while a very spectacular crash that did major damage to the car, resulted in no injuries, and again proved the worth of the HANS head restraint system.

The following weekend saw MSR in Victoria at the East Gippsland Stages, the first round of the 2009 Victorian Rally Championship. Once again the team attended two accidents, but no injuries were reported.

MSR crew member, Graham McGrath, sat in the co-driver’s seat for this event and came home with a great result. Together with driver Chris Snell, their Peugeot 205 GTi (pictured right) finished in 20th outright, and took third place in their class. Well done Chris and Graham.

A third event in three weekends then took the MSR crew to Bathurst for a round of the AMSAG series. Best known for the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar race, Bathurst has a very strong rallying history and continues to be a popular playground for rally competitors.

Fortunately it was a quite event, incident wise, with no injuries to report.

Slightly off the motorsport theme, MSR have just finished working on the second Australian series of Top Gear, which was based out of Sydney. This popular TV series, which screens on SBS, is growing in popularity.

Coming up in the next few weeks, the team will remain busy. This weekend sees two events; firstly, the combined New South Wales and Victorian Rally Championship round at Bega, on the NSW coast.

After a break in 2008, the long-standing Bega Valley Rally is back in 2009 and a full field of competitors will face the starter. Two MSR crews will be in attendance.

Another crew will be working at the Kalpower Rally in Queensland, and while this is only a smaller, club event, the importance of safety and rescue is just as important, no matter what the status of the rally.

MSR’s Geoff Becker was to have attended the Asia-Pacific Championship round in New Zealand this weekend, however the country’s excellent medical coverage means that the team can have a well-deserved weekend at home.

Their next APRC outing will be at Rally Japan in July.