Motorsport Safety & Rescue - May 2014 report

His Nissan GT-R crawled to the finish line blowing more smoke than a campfire, but Jamie Vandenberg’s engine held on just long enough for the Tasmanian to win his first Targa Tasmania crown this month.

It was the culmination of a busy start to the year for Motorsport Safety & Rescue, with 13 safety crews covering the week-long event that travels over the state’s most challenging tarmac roads.

The first part of the year also saw the team working at Targa Wrest Point (Tasmania), the Forest Rally (WA), East Gippsland Stages (Vic), as well as many other state and club level events throughout Victoria and New South Wales.

Looking ahead, this weekend will see MSR at an event in Orange (NSW), while the following weekend is the Rally of the Bay, at Batemans Bay.

“Then things really start to get busy,” MSR’s Geoff Becker said. “Following that is Rally Queensland, a round of both the Australian and Asia-Pacific Rally Championships, held on the Sunshine Coast.

“Although July is reasonably quiet, we’re already well into our planning for our two biggest events of the year, Rally Australia, and the Australasian Safari.

“Both events really stretch our resources, but we’ve done them regularly for the past few years and things run smoothly.”

Also on the calendar are Western Australia’s premier tarmac rally, Targa West, in August, and the week-long Classic Outback Trial, which runs from late August until early September.

The recent announcement that Targa Adelaide won’t be held this year gives the MSR team a week off in September, but with corporate work continuing to increase, there’ll be little time for rest.

“Our corporate work continues to evolve and we’ve been doing lots of new car launches of late,” Becker said.

“We are heading into the Flinders Ranges for a week to help on a Jeep launch, and this comes on top of other launches we’ve done for Subaru, Honda, Kia and Porsche.

“Internally, we’ve expanded the business and now have seven full-time employees, and have recently doubled our factory space at a new facility in Tullamarine.

“Things just keep getting busier and busier,” he said.

Finally, the MSR team would congratulate office manager, Stacey Manning, and her husband Luke Youlden, on the recent birth of their daughter.