Motorsport Safety & Rescue – March 2012 report

Motorsport Safety & Rescue have eased into 2012 with only a few motorsport events having been on the calendar so far, but things are quickly ramping up.

The end of January saw round three of the CAMS Australian Targa Championship take place in Hobart, with the running of the annual Targa Wrest Point.

Eight MSR crews worked on the event in fine conditions that saw local favourites Jason and John White take the top step of the podium in their fire-breathing Lamborghini Gallardo.

White moved clear of an impressive Matt Close in his Audi TT RS, while current World Rally Championship competitor, Brendan Reeves, took third place on his debut drive in Mazda’s powerful RX-8 SP.

There were a couple of incidents in the event that required competitors to be taken to hospital, but thankfully all are now well on the road to recovery.

Following the dry tarmac of Tasmania, MSR crews were faced with wet and slippery mud, gravel and tarmac at the first round of the Australian Rally Championship.

The all-new Rally Calder was a new style of event to the ARC, and competitors seemed to enjoy the short, sharp stages that made up the three-day format. The event also featured events for SUVs, four-wheel motorbikes, tarmac rally cars and drift cars, offering spectators a real motorsport treat.

The biggest incident of the event involved an expensive Aston Martin that hit a concrete barrier at speed, with the co-driver being transferred to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The car’s safety equipment worked extremely well, preventing further injuries.

MSR have also worked on a couple of Tasmanian club events over the past few weeks, with no injuries to report, and provided four crews for the recent Cradle Coast Classic event.

Looking ahead, the team’s next event is the second round of the Australian Rally Championship, the Quit Forest Rally, to be held in Busselton, south of Perth in Western Australia.

The event also includes a category for motorbikes, meaning that seven MSR crews will provide safety and rescue services for the event, to be held on the last weekend in March.

Following that, the team’s biggest event of the year, Targa Tasmania, will take place in mid-April, with 16 crews covering the six-day event. All MSR vehicles will be to FIA standards, and course changes to the route will make the event a real challenge for the team.

Corporate work is now a large part of MSR’s workload, with contracts with at least 10 manufacturers keeping the staff busy.

“We’re moving forward with the business and will be chasing more work over the coming 12 months in order to further expand our motoring and motorsport profile,” MSR’s Geoff Becker said.

“We have some exciting announcements coming up in the next couple of months, and we’re really looking forward to the year ahead, and the next phase of the business.”