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2013 Mid Year Review
With 2013 well under way, the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team continue to display its growth and diversity of events and services to both car and bike, dirt and tarmac events in Victoria and many states of Australia.
Below are a few photos of events attended by the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team in 2013 so far. It was another year that began with a RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport training weekend, this year at Mt Baw Baw. Team members toughed it out in the most difficult training scenario yet, proving their commitment to excellence and safety for motorsport events. With very few booking spots available for 2013 the team looks forward to the remainder of the year with many more hours of motorsport safety and fun.
February 2 & 3 2013, Australian Tarmac Rally Championship, Mt Baw Baw Sprint
The first round of the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship at the Mt Baw Baw Sprint was a RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport totally awesome event over March 2 & 3 2013.
Team Members of RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport were met with applause as they arrived at the presentation awards ceremony, after returning from a slick pack up after the final stage. Brad Smith, Deputy Clerk of Course for the event extended a massive thank you to all team members for a great team effort over the weekend. “Stages were setup and run very slickly and the competitors loved every minute of the event and seeing your smiling faces there”, Smith said.
The hard work and setup from RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team members; Peter Monds, Colin Monds, Brad Smith, and Matt Smith from the Thursday set the stage for a successful weekend. It was great to see Mark Bateman and the RRM Chaplaincy Transporter on hand to be used as a mobile Medical Centre for all rounds. Modifications and improvements to the timing and communications system ensured the best equipment was available and testimony that the tireless behind the scenes work that occurs to benefit competitors and future events is worth the effort.
“To see the event run so perfectly on both days from set up, timing, starts to Medical and Incident response was a very proud moment for the team.” said RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport Clerk Of Course Martin Doxey. He continued to say that promoter Peter Washington was thrilled that the event went so well and that the competitors were so excited about the professional and friendly atmosphere. According to Doxey, the success of the event is also a credit to the Mountain Motorsport Leadership Group and all that was done in the planning and hard work over the 2 days of the event.
RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport and the Mountain Motorsport Leadership group thanks all of the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team members that made it to this round and for all of their extra effort in producing such a great result. A special welcome is extended to all the new team members who fitted in very well and helped out 100%.
RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport now look forward to the remaining rounds of the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship for 2013.
January 26, 2013, RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport 2013 Launch & Awards Night
The annual RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport Launch & Awards Night was held at Berth Restaurant, Docklands on Saturday 26th January. With Australia Day Fireworks as a stunning back drop, promoters, sponsors, supporters, volunteer team members with family & friends came together to celebrate the achievements of the team in 2012 and acknowledge some very special people in the perpetual Awards.
The highest team honour, The Gold Pitman was awarded jointly to Mel Stoodley & Cath Jones for outstanding contribution to the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team. Marie Grindlay and James Taylor took out the Pat O’Neill Most Event days trophy for the most attended team member in 2012.
Matt Smith was awarded the inaugural Mountain Motorsport ‘King of the Mountain’ for his performance during this series.Inductees for The 50 Club and 100 Club were also presented on the night.
Congratulations to these and all team members for their ongoing support of RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport and commitment to making a difference.
December 1 & 2 2012, JUST CARS Geelong Revival, Geelong Waterfront Victoria
December 1 & 2 2012 marked the long-awaited return of timed sprints on the Ritchie Boulevard quarter mile road course on the Geelong Waterfront in the form of the JUST CARS Geelong Revival. Over two hundred competitors entered across a diverse range of classes, everything from a classic Bugatti to the latest Ford and a unique rear-engined Jaguar. Demonstration runs were done by Fraser Ross' Porsche GT3 Cup racer, plus rarities like a March F5000 open wheeler, Graduate M8F Can-Am car and Diasio D962 sportscar.
RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport was involved in the event well before it started, with planning meetings involving key stakeholders over 12 months before the start of the event. The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team were there to oversee all track activity, including key roles of Clerk of Course (Cars & Bikes), Race Secretary, Medical Services, Flagging, Marshalling and Safety.
Scott Pigdon provided the following feedback on the team. “As Motorsport Director of the 1st Just Cars Geelong Revival, we employed RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport to supply us with a complete package for the event. RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport delivered beyond our expectations on all aspects. The team was highly professional throughout the whole weekend and greatly contributed to the success of the event.
Our competitors’ feedback was also positive, the general response is that all RACESOLUTIONS team members had a smile on their face, and were very helpful and knowledgeable of motorsport. We highly recommend RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport as a complete solution to any motorsport event”
2012 Wrap Up: The 2012 Australian Tarmac Rally Championship
The 2012 Australian Tarmac Rally Championship was contested over four rounds and RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport would supply all services to each of these rounds which would include set up of all the stages as well as the Event Command in Rally Base, Stage Commander, MIVs & Medical Services, SOS points and Communications.
Round 1 Mt Baw Baw Sprint February 11th & 12th
The first round was the inaugural Mt Baw Baw Sprint which was a 16km single stage rally starting at Tanjil Bren and finishing at the summit of the Mt Baw Baw resort. The competitors completed ten runs of the over the two days in changing and challenging weather conditions the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team was kept busy in the adverse weather conditions with a couple of big offs including the leaders on the last stage of the event Traverso /Kopcheff handing the win to the Stevens/Webb Team.
Round 2 Snowy River Sprint May 26th & 27th
The Snowy River Sprint was another inaugural event and the second round of the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship which was a multi stage rally consisting of 20 stages and 290 competitive kilometres run over two days on the Buchan-Orbost road this would also be a challenging event for the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team with a number of the competitors having offs as well as mechanical issues. The rally was won by the team of Arentz /Burrey in a Mitsubishi EVO X.
Round 3 Great Tarmac Rally August 11th & 12th
Round three was The Great Tarmac Rally another inaugural event and also a multi stage rally run over two days starting with the 20km Reefton Spur stage moving to short but tricky 6km Cambarville stage then onto 27km Eildon/Jamieson Road Stage which was run from Eildon to Big River and then in reverse direction on the Saturday afternoon and then again on the Saturday Morning. The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport Team would have to deal again with changing weather conditions but fortunately no major incidents. Taking the win was the team of Dowie/Bryan in their Mitsubishi EVO VII.
Round 4 Lake Mountain Sprint November 24th & 25th
The final round finished with the traditional Lake Mountain Sprint, a single stage rally up the Lake Mountain alpine road with the competitors getting 12 runs over two days to conquer the challenging 10Km stage. The weekend began under clear skies and would remain this way for the entire event and this provided some hot competition between the competitors with the rally being won by the team of Hendy/Sibley in their Nissan Skyline R34 GTR. The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team had another great weekend even if it was quiet due to no incidents except a flat tyre for the eventual winners on one of the runs.
Congratulations must go to the winning teams of the 2012 Australian Tarmac Rally Championship with outright national championship crowns going to Clinton Arentz and Peter Burrey (Modern, Evo X) and Keith and Alex Morling (Classic, Ford Escort).
With four long and diverse rounds of the inaugural Australian Tarmac Rally Championship now complete, the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team once again proved that no challenge is too great. A few special thanks must be made for their contribution throughout the year.
Firstly Peter and Ursula from Mountain Motorsports for supporting RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport and allowing RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport to make the key operational decisions on running the events. Secondly all the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team members who attended one, two, three or all four rounds and put in a massive effort to make these events happen. A special thankyou to Medical Services Manager Claire, Pete and Colin for coming Fridays and assisting with set up the stages, to Billy, Geoff and Dick for looking after the communications and radio set up. Lastly Martin for not only all the effort he puts in at the rallies but also all the work he does before and after to make it all come together.
The 2012 championship has come to an end but we are already looking forward to doing it all again in 2013 bigger and better starting with Round 1 The Mt Baw Baw Sprint on the 2nd & 3rd March. Written by Brad Smith
RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport would also like to thank Brad Smith for his leadership and contribution to the 2012 Australian Tarmac Championship.
November 9th – 11th 2012, Legends of the Lake Hillclimb Mount Gambier, SA.
A sensational field of race cars came out to the 2012 Legend of the Lakes Hillclimb at Mt Gambier’s scenic Blue Lake Reserve. RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport provided all Medical and some Trackside and Incident Response services to the event once again.
This three day event brought us not only fantastic weather but also a fantastic line up of race cars. Stepping out on Friday we marveled at the quality of 64 car field of Historic race cars, including a 1919 Dodge, 1929 Fiat and a number of Clubman’s and Datsun’s.Saturday brought another group of quality race cars. Competition was steady from the start, with the cooler weather over night made the first run a little slippery for some, but as the day went on the times started to improve. Peter Gazzard in his 2006 Lancer Evo broke the lap record in the afternoon but had unfortunately clipped a tyre bundle early and therefore was given a time penalty. Some of the other head turning vehicles included a 2006 Volkswagon Caddy Diesel (with a work ladder on the roof!!), a fleet of Clubman’s and a 2012 Nissan GTR (with 760km on the clock).
Then we moved into a nice warm start to Sunday morning, and again the competition started to move up a notch. The competition was tight between Kevin Weeks Lamborghini Gallardo and traditional rivals of the event, Kevin Mackrell in his 1975 Datsun 260Z and Peter Gazzard. But it all came down to the last run up the hill of the event; and it was left to the top 100 competitors to show us their stuff! Tension was high as the last 4 cars went thru their paces, with Kevin Mackrall and Kevin Weeks setting their quickest times for the weekend, 51.762 and 53.286 respectively. Then it all came down to the last man standing, Peter Gazzard, he had a lighting run and set the final time of 51.196, and winning another Legend of the Lakes Hillclimb.
The team at RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport would like to thank Clerk of Course Lionel Stingers and his team from the South Eastern Automotive Club for giving us the opportunity to be part of such an impressive event. We are all looking forward to the 2013 running of Legends of the Lakes. Written by Bec Humphreys.
October 27th & 28th 2012, Round 9 Shell Advance Gippsland MotoX, Yarram.
The last round of the Shell Advance Gippsland MotoX series was once again held at Yarram and RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport would provide the Medical Services, Incident Responders and Track Marshals as they have for all the rounds this year and for the past 5 years.The racing would follow the usual format of the juniors racing on the Saturday and seniors on the Sunday and thankfully there were only a few patients with none of them serious.
The theme for the weekend was ‘Bring On Summer’ so on the Saturday night the food was a traditional Aussie BBQ (prawns and all) as well as other favourites including lamingtons, scones, and pavlova. The now annual cricket match also took place with a few of the crew dressing up in theme for the occasion. A great night and weekend was had by all.
A big thankyou must go out to all the series liaisons Cath, Pip, Pete, Hayley and Jess as well as all the members who contributed to the Gippsland series over the 9 rounds especially those who did the set up on the Fridays. RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport would also like to thank the Gippy MX Committee and crew for all their assistance as well as allowing us to do what we do. We look forward to doing it all again bigger and better in 2013. Written by Brad Smith.
October 2012, RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport provide services to 2 and 4 Wheel National MX Championships:
Yamaha Australian Quad MX Championship & Australian Women’s MX Championship
October has been a busy month for the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team providing Medical, Incident Response and Trackside Services to both 2 wheel and 4 wheel National MX dirt events.
The 2012 Yamaha Australian Quad MX Championship was held at Maffra over October 13th & 14th. Conditions were perfect for great racing with over 100 entries from all over Australia, including a large contingent of riders from Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
The 2012 Australian Women’s MX Championship was held at Albury on October 20th & 21st. For the past three years RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport has proudly supported this event from its foundation. Once again the girls lead the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team with all team members bringing extensive experience in both Emergency Medicine and Motorsport events experience and training. Huge thanks to Cath Jones & Pip Neutze for continuing as joint Medical Services Managers.
May 9th 2012, RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport receives Values in Sport Award
RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport received the Sports Chaplaincy Australia & Mission Australia 2012 Values in Sport Award at the Sports Chaplaincy Australia’s National Dinner held at Etihad stadium on Wednesday 9th May 2012.
The Award was presented by motor sport chaplain Mark Bateman and recognises the team’s outstanding passion in placing a high value on the growth of people in and through sport in Australia. The founders of RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport, James Taylor, Belinda Taylor and Martin Doxey accepted the Award on behalf of the entire team.
This Award was a huge honour and belongs to each of the volunteer team members committed to the ongoing success of RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport.
Mark Bateman and all the motorsport chaplains are an incredible source of support and care to competitors, officials and families in the motor sport community. Sports Chaplaincy Australia provides an extensive network of chaplains covering a vast range of sports and reach into communities.
Other Award recipients on the night were; The Amy Gillett Foundation & posthumously Jim Stynes.
April 7th & 8th 2012, Honda Broadford Bike Bonanza
The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team enjoyed the Easter Weekend with a combination of chocolate and a slice of Historic Motorcycling history at the fourth annual Honda Broadford Bike Bonanza.
The Honda Broadford Bike Bonanza is organised by the Museum and Heritage Committee of Motorcycling Australia and brings together one of the most amazing collections of bikes and riders within Historic Motorcycling across all disciplines.
The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team provided Medical and Incident Response services to the non stop action across all circuits and venues at the Broadford State Motorcycle Complex. Off track action included: displays, presentations of former champions, tremendous dinners prepared by Tess and the catering team and the fiercely contested easter egg hunt on Sunday morning. Thanks to the team for a superb effort and well done to Marie Grindlay for great job as Medical Services Manager for the event.
March 16th 2012, RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport Director Belinda Taylor addresses exclusive Women in Business Networking Event
Industry Capability Network, ICN and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation hosted a women’s only networking event at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday 16th March 2012. The breakfast assembled women from over 100 public and private sector organisations to address the topic of women in business and the challenges faced.
Belinda Taylor, co Founder and Director of RACESLOLUTIONS Motorsport was invited to be one of two guest speakers for the event. According to Belinda Taylor this event was a ‘fantastic opportunity to provide some insight into a personal experience as an official in motorsport and as a director of a volunteer organisation trying to improve the sustainability and safety of motor sport. There are many women contributing to various roles in motor sport, however as is the case in industry, the numbers are low for women in senior positions. We are only now beginning to address ways we can attract, maintain and support more women in motor sport. As a member of the newly formed Women of Australian Motor Sport (WAMS) committee, proudly supported by The Confederation Of Australian Motorsport (CAMS), this is an exciting time to address some of the challenges faced by women in motor sport’.
February 4th & 5th,2012 RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport Incident Response Training Weekend
Training & continuous improvement is a key feature of the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team, so it was a great way to start the year with a 2 day training program at the Broadford State Motorcycle Complex on February 4th & 5th. Sessions on Saturday were designed for car events & Sunday focused on bikes and more advanced medical intervention tailored for motorsport events and using the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport equipment.
A number of team members also completed the Motorcycling Victoria Officials Licensing Level 2 program.Some comments from the team feedback sheets included:” excellent days, informative, fantastic opportunity to practice skills, learnt a lot and had heaps of fun”.
January 28,2012 RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport 2012 Launch & Awards Night
With another massive year of motorsport events scheduled for the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team, it was with much anticipation that promoters, sponsors, team members and significant others gathered for the 2012 Launch & Awards Night. Berth restaurant at Docklands provided a stunning venue to reflect on the 79 events covered in 2011 in the form of Motocross, Mountain events & Hillclimbs, Mega Ride Days, Circuit Racing, Club events, Corporate Launches, Sponsor Ride Days & Special events including the Top Gear Live Festival.
A highlight of the evening was the announcement of team’s top honour, The Gold Pitman, presented to Darren Serle for his outstanding service to the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team in 2011. The following team members were inducted into The 50 Club in recognition of 50 event days for the team: Claire Molloy, Belinda Taylor, James Taylor, Sarah Knighton, Cath Jones, Pip Neutze, Billy Blanch, Cameron Jamieson, Travis Crane, Mel Stoodley & Marie Grindlay. Martin Doxey was awarded the Most Event Days for his attendance at events in 2011. Darren Serle & Martin Doxey were the inaugural inductees into The 100 Club in recognition of 100 event days for the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team. Overall a fantastic evening to start another busy year with the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team.
2011 Shell Advance Gippsland Moto X Series Wrap Up
The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team provided Medical, Incident Response and Trackside services to all 9 rounds of the Shell Advance Gippsland Moto X series in 2011. This is the fourth year the team has been associated with the Gippsland series that would take them to all points in the Gippsland region starting at Maffra in March, then onto Rosebud, Blue Rock, Bairnsdale, Wonthaggi, Corners Inlet, Outtrim, Traralgon and ending at the final round at Yarram in October.At each round the Juniors race on Saturday with the seniors running on Sunday and with the variety of tracks and different weather conditions over the nine rounds it would not only prove a challenge for the riders but also the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team members. The team once again proved that in any conditions or situation they could provide a quick response time and the highest level of patient care.
The team would like to congratulate all the riders in the series and a make a huge thankyou to the Gippsland series management for their ongoing commitment and support to the Racesolutions Motorsport team.
The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team would also like to thank the 46 team members who committed to the series over the 9 rounds, and a special thankyou to the 3 series seniors: Travis, Sarah and Darren who did an incredible job. We look forward to doing it all again bigger and better in 2012.
November 26-27,2011 RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport provide all services to Lake Mountain Sprint
An eclectic field of cars took to the Lake Mountain tourist road for the 2011 Lake Mountain Sprint. One of the notable competitors was Jeff Denmede, fresh from his success at one of the world’s most famous hillclimbs, Pikes Peak. RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport provided all services to the event with officials in place in Rally Base, SOS points, Start and Stop Control as well as key positions of Clerk of Course and Stage Commander. Safety and Medical coverage was provided throughout the stage as a result of the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport incident response services.
The Lake Mountain Sprint was a great prelude to the 2012 Australian Tarmac Rally Championship that will see competitors battle it out over 4 rounds next year.
Victorian Junior & Senior MX Series 2011
RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport provided Medical & Incident Response services to all 8 rounds of the Victorian Junior & Senior MX Championships for 2011. The series took the team on a number of road trips from Albury/Wodonga in the north to Maffra in the East and as far west as Horsham! Each series had a team of Event Seniors who did a wonderful job of coordinating the team, equipment logistics and all the paperwork that comes with event management. Whilst the racing on the track was closely contested, the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team members worked hard to provide fast response times and the best possible patient care. The team congratulates all the riders on their awesome performances in the Vics series this year and huge thanks to Motocross Management for having RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport with the series.
A fantastic effort from all the Event Seniors of the Victorian MX Series on stepping up and making the events safe and fun.
March 11-14,2011 RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport run all track activity for the Top Gear Live Festival
The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team took on the challenge to provide all Trackside Services and run the Inaugural Top gear Live Festival held at the Melbourne showgrounds over the March Labour day weekend. It would be four days of Drift action and Urban motocross on the short track section and the celebrity challenge, V8 driver challenge and Motorsport challenge run on the custom built 1.52km track. The weekend would see a variety of vehicles invited to take on the track to try and set the quickest time including historic open wheelers, classic touring cars, muscle cars, supercars and even a solar powered car. The fastest time over the event was set by the custom built Radical.
The involvement of the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team started well before the weekend with team seniors involved in the design and build of the temporary track as well as event planning and scheduling, risk assessment and safety. RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport would then supply the team over the four days to cover medical services, trackside marshals, scrutineers, clerk of course as well as timing and collating all the results.
I was a great four days with good weather for the most part and fantastic crowds, not only to watch some awesome machinery take on the tight and tricky track but then also to enter the display pavilions and get up close and personal with the cars, drivers and owners.Big thankyous to all the team members for their efforts in making the Inaugural Top Gear Live Festival a success and a special thankyou to Renato for giving the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team the opportunity to run this event. Written by Brad Smith
March, 2011 – The Alpine Challenge. A different type of speed for a great cause.
RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport sent a team of 6 critical care emergency nurses, Cath Jones, Sally Wragg, Tammy Harvey, Philippa Neutze, Kylie Coghlan, Kate Schliemann, an emergency physician Dr Jack Spencer, and a chef Helen Wragg to The Alpine Challenge at Falls Creek , March 18-20th 2011. The Alpine Challenge is a 60km, 100km and 160km running race starting and finishing at Bogong Village. It’s an important fundraiser for Road Trauma Support Services, a fantastic organisation providing support and resources for people affected by road trauma.
Runners climbed through Mt Bogong, Mt Feathertop, Mt Hotham, Mt Nelson and Spoine Kopje- some of Victoria’s toughest and most exposed alpine country. The runners can participate as an endurance runner or as part of a team. The 2011 winner ran the 60km race in 23 hours 17 minutes, the 100km race winner completed it in 16 hours 53 minutes, and the 160km race was won in 27 hours 23 minutes.
The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport crew were divided into 4 teams, scattered throughout the course to ensure the best possible response time for the competitors. Whilst the runners were toughing it out on the course, the team were treating types of injuries such as fractures, sprains, dehydration sunburn, and insect bites. In between times, everyone was enjoying the most amazing meals prepared by Helen. Each team was provided a rations box with hot and cold food for 3 meals a day, with thought into every team members’ dietary requirements. The meals were nutritious, and were planned around weather conditions and energy needs. Our food was the envy to all!
The experience of the event was challenging as we had to take into consideration weather conditions, types of injuries, the potential for severe injuries, and the need to be fully self-sufficient in remote areas. Compared to previous experiences, the only motor our event included was very strong legs and high motivation! What a weekend!! The Alpine Team. Written by Cath Jones.
The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport 2011 Launch & Awards Night
The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport 2011 Launch & Awards Night was a spectacular evening. With the beautiful backdrop of Port Philip Bay, team members, partners, promoters, suppliers, supporters and sponsors came together to share the excitement of the year ahead and celebrate winners of prestigious RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team awards including The Gold Pitman.
Everyone looked fabulous with a dress to impress theme and the Christmas break saw people looking rested and ready for another busy year of events in all forms of motorsport with the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team. According to Belinda Taylor, “the evening was a fabulous opportunity to bring together so many people who contribute to the ongoing success of RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport”.
The highest award within the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team is The Gold Pitman. This was presented to Karen French & Rob French for their significant contribution to the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team.
An inaugural award was presented to the team member who attended the Most event days for the year. The winner of this award for 2010 was Darren Serle.
The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team now look to the exciting events on the calendar for 2011. With events in corporate, circuit, motocross and tarmac rallies in the next month alone, RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport continues to lead the way in providing medical, safety & incident response services to the greatest range of Motorsport events.
November 26 -27, 2010 – ATC King of the Mountain
In true Australian Tarmac Challenge (ATC) style it was an event not to be missed. The motorsport was going to be fantastic, two full days of the challenge would commence at Winton Raceway with auto tests, short circuit and long circuit sprints. Then a great drive through Mansfield, Merrijig and onwards and upwards to Mt Buller.
It was a Mt Buller event like no other on any calendar. Saturday will see multiple runs of seven auto tests including a hill climb and concluding with a road closure for a 9km touring climb to the top of Mountain Village. It was a massive challenge for the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport crew to once again provide all services to the event. Set up involved hundreds of cones, metres of bunting and water barriers to ensure the safety of all competitors and spectators. The new Trailer funded jointly between RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport and ATC was instrumental in transporting all equipment from the factory to the event.
The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team rose to the challenge of efficiently marshalling, timing and running each of the autotests to ensure the competitors got all their runs in with time to spare.And then there was the Christmas party. The presentation function for the ATC King of the Mountain event was also the Christmas Party which included dinner and a live band. There was plenty of laughing and dancing as everyone celebrated the fun times had at ATC events throughout the year.
RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport support The 2010 Motul Pirelli Australian Women’s Motocross Championship.
RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport was very proud to provide Medical and Incident Response Services to The 2010 Motul Pirelli Australian Women’s Motocross Championship. The event was held on Sunday October 24th at the Albury Wodonga Motorcycle Club and assembled many of the Nations top women riders as well as women in key event management roles.
RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport provided a specialist team of Emergency & Trauma Doctors, Nurses and Incident Responders, combining motorsport skills and current trauma clinical experience.
RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport Director Belinda Taylor says “the team is very excited to be involved in this event as it provides the opportunity to raise the profile of women in motorsport and showcase the support and performance of many skilled and motivated women in motorsport”. In addition, “RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport has a large female representation within the team and it’s a great cause to be fundraising for the McGrath Foundation”. The team was led by joint Medical Services Managers Cath Jones & Pip Neutze with Dr Mirijana Sikic the Chief Medical Officer. All women agree that the involvement of RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport in the event is an opportunity to use their clinical skills in a pre hospital setting as well as make new friends and have lots of fun in a team environment.
Event promoter Fiona Collins is “Over the moon. The track was awesome, the riders and everyone was having a great time and all doing our bit for the McGrath Foundation so it’s win win all round”. For more information about The 2010 Motul Pirelli Australian Women’s Motocross Championship visit www.wmxnationals.com.au/, www.prettyfast.com.au or the MA website at: www.ma.org.au. Stay tuned for tv and internet footage of the event to follow.
March 21-22, 2010 - Round 1 Shell Advance Gippsland MotoX Titles
Over March 21/22 the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team provided Medical, Incident Response and trackside services at Round 1 of the 2010 Shell Advance Gippsland MotoX Titles.The Wonthaggi track provided the riders with many challenges and the combination of wind, rain and sunshine left everyone wondering what mother nature could throw at them next. The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team was very well represented with experienced Emergency Department Doctors & Nurses on hand to respond Trackside to riders as they pushed their bikes to the limit to establish position in Round 1. The Patons All Terrain Vehicle was busy transporting riders to the Altegra Medical Treatment Centre for further assessment and care.
December 4-6, 2009 - Pacific Hire Mt Buller Sprint
It took a lot of organising but the 2009 Mt Buller Sprint took place on the first weekend in December and what an awesome weekend it was with 80 cars entered to take on the 16 km of twisting mountain road.
The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team would once again take on the massive task of running the event for Mountain Motorsports by providing over 100 officials, needed in areas such as Medical, Fire & Rescue services, Rally Command, Event Management, Scrutineering, Start Line, Stage Commander, Assembly Areas, Competitor Relations, Timing, SOS and spectator points throughout the 16km stage.
The weekend would provide the competitors with 10 timed runs up the stage over the three days of competition, with a variety of vehicles entered from classic cars such as GT Falcons, A9X Torana's and Porsche's to modern Subaru WRX's and Mitsubishi EVO's all the way to present day supercars like Lamborghini Gallardo's and Nissan GTR's.
Mt Buller is traditionally known for being cold with its snow covered peaks but the weekend provided what would had to have been the perfect conditions with glorious sunshine and temperatures in the 20s. This allowed for some fast and close times.
Congratulations must go to the team of Jason and John White who took out the event in their 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo just pipping the team of Steve Jones and Glen Weston in the 2008 Nissan GTR R35 with third place filled by Dean Herridge and Chris Murphy's 2008 Subaru WRX Sti.
The weekend also had a great social feel with the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team coming together each night for dinner, a few drinks to unwind and a lot of stories to tell. It was great to see everyone chip in to help with the cooking, cleaning and the sandwich making which some how turned into a competition!
Very special thanks must go to Pacific Hire for coming on board as the major sponsor for the event along with RDA Brakes and Mitsubishi Motors for providing Medical and First Intervention Vehicles and course vehicles. Thanks must also go to all the competitors for their support, cooperation and friendly attitude over the weekend.
Lastly thanks to Peter Washington and Mountain Motorsports, VFRS and CFA, Vic Police and all the other officials, and to the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team who one again showed a professional image and a diversity of skills in running the event. Special thanks to the early set up crew of Darren, Claire, Travis, Sarah and Marty to help make the 2009 Mt Buller Sprint one of the best. Written by Brad Smith.
November 14, 2009 - Parachute for Poverty Fundraiser
On Sunday 14th November 2009, Chaplaincy Australia hosted the first ever Parachute 4 Poverty.
RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport was there to support Mark Bateman and the fantastic team at Chaplaincy Australia as well as support team members Roger Williams and Cath Jones who were fundraising and jumping out of a perfectly good plane. Mark Bateman says "The purpose of the day was to raise money for people in the bush doing it tough, especially in bushfire affected areas."
The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team congratulates Mark Bateman and Chaplaincy Australia on the incredible work they do for communities and people
October 3, 2009 - New Champs Crowned at the '09 Aussie Junior MX Titles
Racing has now finished at the 2009 Honda Australian Junior Motocross Championship, and the points are in for all 16 Championship classes.
Throughout the week, more than 2000 people have descended on the Gippsland area and with just under 700 riders taking part in the event, the Maffra Sale Motorcycle Club have done an excellent job.
Club President Mark Tyquin said that he couldn't have been prouder of the club and the organising team for their efforts throughout, not only the last week but also the last 18 months.
"The entire team: club volunteers, race officials, Race Solutions, all of our sponsors, the local council and community, all of the rider's and their families all need to be thanked for making this possible.
Sep 3-6, 2009 - Australian Tarmac Challenge, Round 2 New South Wales
The second round of the Australian Tarmac Challenge would take place in NSW and take on a new twist from previous years, as this year the competitors would start out on the Thursday morning at Eastern Creek raceway and over the next three days would make their way up the NSW coast competing in a variety of different events and locations with the final challenge being a run on the World Rally Championship Super Special Stage in Murwillumbah.
The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport crew would have a challenging weekend with the team providing all trackside and medical services at 10 venues, covering 1,500 kilometres of NSW over all 3 days of the event.
Competitors from Street, Club & Motorsport classes entertained the locals at street stages in Taree, Kempsey, Coffs Harbour foreshore and the huge crowd that had assembled in Murwillumbah for the WRC Super Special Stage on Saturday night. In between there were Circuit Sprints at Eastern Creek & Raleigh Raceway and Hillclimbs at Mt Cooperbung, Raymond Terrace & Grafton, testing the skills of all drivers across a variety of events.
Evening functions provided an opportunity to share the highlights of the day, stories of fast times and narrowly missed hats. After the run on the WRC Super Special Stage everyone gathered for a drink on the balcony of the Imperial hotel, overlooking the start line of the Super Special Stage to watch the WRC cars do their stuff before heading to Tweed Heads to celebrate what was a great event.
Sunday would be a relaxed affair with a presentation function at the Murwillumbah Golf Club, the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport crew took this opportunity to pack up then headed back to Tweed Heads for a well earned relax and swim at the beach.
Thanks to all the competitors for a fantastic weekend, close competition and co-operation in arriving at the venues on time and working in partnership with the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport crew.
To Mossy and the management team, thanks for setting the most challenging schedule yet! As well as providing the opportunity for some fantastic motorsport across NSW.
For the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team it was an outstanding achievement over a long three days. Special thanks to the road crew who spent an extra 3 days travelling to transport all the medical, trackside and set up equipment to and from the event.
Congratulations to Heather and Irish Tom for surviving their Rookie ATC event (it doesn't get harder than this one!) and to Michelle Spence for volunteering as the Medical Services Manager in a challenging event for logistics.
We now look forward to the ATC One Dayer on November 21st to head back to Lang Lang and enjoy more motorsport!
July 17-19, 2009 - One Weekend; Three Forms of Motorsport!
Round 4 Victorian Rally Championship & The 51st George Derrick Memorial Rally.
Saturday 18th July 2009
CCRMIT once again staged the combined Round 4 of the Victorian Rally Championship and The George Derrick Memorial Rally at Avoca on Saturday 18th July.
Well over 80 cars from State and Club level competed in the event. RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport once again provided Medical Services to the event in the form of 2 Incident Response Vehicles. Drivers faced challenging conditions over 7 wet and slippery stages.
The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team worked closely with the crew from Ballan CFA who provided valuable fire suppression support. It was a relatively quiet night in the forest for the intervention vehicles, however some spectacular scenery was enjoyed by all day and night.
Huge thanks to Philippa for taking on the role of Medical Services Manager and Catering manager, assisted by Kylie to ensure everyone was well fed throughout the event.
A fantastic and successful time had by all.
Written by Roger 'Goose' Williams
June 27-28, 2009 - Gippsland Region Motocross Series Rnd 3 Rosebud.
RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport returned to the place where the motocross adventures all started, the Rosebud District Motorcycle Club, for Round 3 of the 2009 Gippsland Region Motocross series.
It was a great weekend with the unveiling of the two new RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport Pit Tents from Altegra to be used as portable Medical Treatment Centres and the first outing for the teams new All Terrain Vehicle. The Pit Tents looked awesome and came in extremely handy. The ATV was a fantastic edition to set up the courses in the morning and then transporting patients back to the treatment centre with the racing able to continue.
The weather over the weekend was fine but cold and this resulted in some fantastic racing with the juniors hitting the junior track on the Saturday for a full day of events. The RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team was kept busy in the sand dunes with a number of spills and thrills but fortunately nothing too serious.
After a busy day at the track the team headed back to the house for a BBQ dinner, time to relax, have a few quiet drinks, reflect on the days activities and watch some of 'Cowboys' RACESOLUTIONS compilation DVDs on the big screen.
The Sunday started out cold and foggy with the racing moving to the seniors track for the days events. The fog lifted and the sun came out for what was another great days racing. With the higher speeds and larger jumps there were plenty of spills and a number of patients again treated for a variety of injuries.
All the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team did a fantastic job over the weekend with Tim 'Cowboy' Phillips doing an exceptional job as medical services manager. The team also welcomed Dr Dindi for his first RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport event. Thanks also to Andrew Staff and all the Rosebud District Motorcycle club members and competitors.
RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport now looks forward to the next MotoX event at Maffra on July 11-12. It will be a huge warm up for the competitors entering in the Australian Junior Motocross Titles in September.
Written by Brad Smith
Australian Tarmac Challenge Round 1 Vic May 29-31 2009
A few things have changed in 2009 and one of the major changes is the Australian Tarmac Challenge, formerly the Dutton Rally Series. The event has seen not only a name change, but an overhaul of the points system and the introduction of some very exciting new venues. One thing that has remained the same is that RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport will once again provide a dedicated and professional crew to run the event and provide the medical services for all three rounds of the series.
Round 1 of the Australian Tarmac Challenge was held in Victoria on the last weekend in May, with the event starting off at the famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit where the competitors would face two challenging Auto Tests as well as Circuit Sprints. The weather was great and the competition was tight.
Saturday would allow competitors the opportunity to compete in a series of Auto Tests and Motorkhanas at the usually inaccessible Holden Proving Grounds at Lang Lang. It didn't disappoint, with some fantastic courses and competitors even got to run on the banked dome! The day was challenging and enjoyable.
The final day would see the event split over two venues, the first at Haunted Hills in Morwell where competitors would compete at the popular new Hill Climb and secondly at DECA Newborough for a fast and challenging Auto Test.
After a busy three days of competition everyone headed to the new Chifley Hotel in Dandenong for the presentations with congratulations to not only all the winners but also all the competitors for an outstanding weekend.
The team at RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport would like to thank the generosity of all the competitors, led by Alan Evans for raising $3177 on the night for the purchase of new medical gear to be used at future events.
Thanks also goes out to all the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team members for once again showing fantastic commitment to meet all the challenges placed before them. A special thanks to Tim 'Cowboy' Phillips for taking on the role as Medical Services Manager for the event.
We now look forward to Round 2 of the Australian Tarmac Challenge to be held in New South Wales on September 3-6, 2009.
Written by Brad Smith
MotoX makes RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport truly diverse.
In 2009 RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport has added regional, state and national MotoX events to the expanding range of medical and trackside services it provides to motorsport.
It's an exciting addition to the calendar, particularly given the support of MotoX promoters keen to see the safety of competitors is evolving and improving. In providing medical services to MotoX, RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport is striving to achieve faster response times for injured riders as professional trauma and emergency department nurses, doctors and paramedics are strategically positioned around the track with equipment designed to assist with minor and life threatening injuries. The medical team members are supported by team members on corners providing important yellow and medical flag coverage. It's an innovative package of officials adding to the MotoX scene.
MotoX has enabled expansion of the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team's training program to include new types of head & neck restraints and protective clothing.
With the addition of MotoX to the calendar, RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport will provide medical and trackside services to a diverse range of motorsport events in the upcoming months including tarmac rallies, circuit events, dirt rallies, hillclimbs and motorsport corporate events.
The photos below show the RACESOLUTIONS Motorsport team enjoying the start of the MotoX season.
For more MotoX information go to the following links:
Gippsland Regional Motocross www.gippymx.com.au
MX Nationals Australian Motocross Championship www.ozmotox.com.au
Motorcycling Victoria www.motorcyclingvic.com.au
Motorcycling Australia www.ma.org.au