Motorsport Safety & Rescue - November 2010 report

Motorsport Safety & Rescue’s busiest year so far is coming to a close, with the past month full of events that the team have attended.

2010 has been another year where MSR have consolidated their reputation as Australia’s premier safety and rescue operation, and already 2011 is looking like being just as busy.

October saw MSR crews attending the Akademos Rally and the Gil Davis Memorial in Victoria, and a club event in Tasmania. None of these events required any medical intervention, making it really enjoyable for the team.

The inaugural running of Targa High Country followed in north east Victoria on the first weekend in November, with a full field of over 200 competitors.

The tarmac rally is a sister event to the bigger Targa Tasmania, and was based on Mt Buller, with stages running to Wangaratta and back on the first day, and to Eildon and back on day two.

“It was an interesting rally for us,” MSR’s Geoff Becker said. “From our point of view it was a typical new event. It had some minor issues, but there were some really positive outcomes.

“As a team, we learnt a lot about how to improve on things for next year, and I think the event has a big future.”

Eight MSR crews worked on the event, and while there were a number of minor incidents, none required medical transportations.

The event was won by Kevin Weeks in a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggara, from the similar car of Jason White.

The following weekend saw another eight crews attend the last round of the Australian Rally Championship, Rally Victoria, held around Warragul in East Gippsland.

While dry and dusty weather greeted crews on the Friday of the event, Saturday was wet and miserable, with five of the day’s stages cancelled.

“It was a challenging event for competitors, but from an organisational point of view the stages were cancelled to reduce the damage to the roads and ensure that the event can return to that area in the future,” Becker added.

“From a medical point of view it was a very quiet event for us, but of course that’s a good thing.”

Local ace Glen Raymond won his home event, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.

All that remains for the MSR team for 2010 is a club event in Victoria on November 27, with one crew attending.

After that, Becker is off to Macau for some work before Christmas, before the MSR crew recharge their batteries ahead of a busy 2011.

One other event the team was involved in recently was the Honda Adventure Tour, which featured Indy star Dario Franchitti.

The 10-day trek went from Mt Kosziosko, Australia’s highest point, to Lake Eyre, its lowest.

Using the whole range of Honda products, from cars to bikes to generators, the Honda Adventure Tour was an enjoyable 10 days where some of Australia’s motoring journalists had the chance to get to know one of America’s greatest racing drivers.

“It was a tiring 10 days, but it was very, very enjoyable,” Becker said. “It was great to be involved, and I must say that Dario Franchitti is one of the nicest people I have ever met.”