MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) was pleased to host another Rescue Unit training and assessment day, at MSV’s Brands Hatch circuit last weekend. MSVR has been organising such days for nearly ten years, and invites crews from other leading race organising clubs to attend, including the BRSCC, BARC and 750 Motor Club.
This year’s event saw six rescue units in attendance, with over 20 crew personnel being trained or assessed. Led by trainers/assessors Andy Lyle, Paul Butt, Bob Sheridan and Andy O’Neill, the crews were able to practice extrication procedures on both training rigs and real cars, giving them invaluable hands-on experience.
Rescue Units are a vital aspect to any race meeting. Carrying essential life-saving equipment, they are usually the first on scene at a serious accident, and will act in conjunction with the Medical Team to stabilise an injured driver. Each unit carries an arsenal of cutting equipment and other tools to be able to safely retrieve a driver from a wreck quickly and without risking further injury.
In addition to the carbon monocoque single-seater tub – an ex-FIA Formula 2 chassis, no less – this year the crews also had access to a new saloon car-style practice rig. Thanks must go to trainer Paul Butt, who arranged the use of the rig with the Motor Sports Association (MSA), and the crews took full advantage of the opportunity to practice their skills on the bespoke equipment. Featuring a full roll cage, race seats and harnesses, the rig offers a very realistic simulation of the space constraints within a modern closed wheel race car.
As in previous years, the crews also generously raised money for worthwhile causes. Over the last few years, they have raised funds to purchase a Samsung tablet for use by the seriously ill children of the Dolphin Ward at Medway Maritime Hospital, while this year’s £155.00 will be donated to COAST (the Children’s Outreach and Specialist Team) again based at Medway Maritime.
If you are interested in finding out more about the crucial role that MSA licensed Rescue crews serve at race meetings, or even potentially joining a team, opportunities exist to come onboard as an observer for a day, to see what the crews do and the training involved. Please contact email@example.com for more information.