Motorsport Safety & Rescue – November 2012 report

Christmas might be fast approaching, but Motorsport Safety & Rescue’s workload continues to build, with more events and corporate work filling the job sheets.

This flows on from a busy three months of motorsport events that began with Targa Adelaide, the first round of the Australian Targa Championship.

This was a sombre event, which saw the tragic death over South Australian driver, Gavin Plate. Unfortunately there was nothing the MSR crews could do to revive the competitor once they arrived on the scene, and it served as a timely reminder for all about the dangers involved in motorsport.

The week-long Australasian Safari followed in September, and MSR supplied four crews in vehicles on the ground, and two helicopter crews in what is easily Australia’s toughest motorsport challenge.

They also ran an overnight medical centre, which again proved popular among competitors who had suffered some form of injury or ailment during the course of the event.

Most of the MSR work on the event came from the fleet of motorbike riders, and while there was no life threatening injuries, there were a number of incidents that required patient transport to nearby hospitals.

“We were really happy with how everything went during the Safari,” MSR’s Geoff Becker said.

“It takes a lot of organisation and planning before the event, but everything went well. We had an incident controller in the event headquarters, and this proved vital.”

Following the Safari was Targa High Country in north east Victoria in early November, where eight MSR crews enjoyed an uneventful rally.

Then came Rally Victoria, the final round of the Australian Rally Championship. The only major incident came before the event actually started, when one of Simon Evans’ crew members rolled his Mazda rally car during a test session.

Next up for the team is the world-renowned Mark Webber Challenge adventure race, which features Australia’s Formula 1 star.

Teams from around the world will compete in the five-day event, including several celebrity competitors.

“We’ll supply boat crews and a couple of watercraft for an event that provides its own challenges,” Becker said.

“Our crews need to be on their game because an adventure event can provide different sorts of injuries to what they are normally used to dealing with in motorsport events.”

The Mark Webber Challenge starts in Launceston in Tasmania, then heads to the state’s east coast, before finishing in Hobart.

Outside the sporting arena, corporate work continues to keep MSR crews busy, with car launches right up until the week before Christmas.