So far, it’s been good clean fun

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON chris. mcma­hon@ news. com. au

RACE­GO­ERS were on their best be­hav­iour yesterday, with no po­lice in­ci­dents of any kind around the track.

No one had to be evicted from Reid Park and there were a few mi­nor in­juries off the track, as the fam­ily- friendly event lived up to its rep­u­ta­tion.

One driver was taken to hos­pi­tal with chest in­juries and two oth­ers were treated for mi­nor in­juries. There were 90 other mi­nor in­ci­dents.

In­spec­tor Damian Irvine said the well- be­haved Fri­day crowd was a great way to kick off the week­end, although they wouldn’t fall into com­pla­cency with the two big­gest days of the race ahead. “There’s been noth­ing. It has been very quiet — no po­lice- re­lated in­ci­dents any­way. It has been a re­ally good first day,” he said.

“In­side the fences to­mor­row, just be­have your­self. If you do that, you’ll have a good day. It’s a fam­ily event. If ev­ery­one be­haves them­selves, there won’t be any prob­lems.

“There will be over 300 offi- cers get­ting around over the three days, which is quite a com­mit­ment, with po­lice at­tend­ing the roads, con­certs, around the track and in town over the next cou­ple of nights.”

Insp Irvine re­minded peo­ple trav­el­ling to the track to park in al­lo­cated spots and to make sure they locked their car and didn’t leave any valu­ables in­side.

“Mo­torists should be aware of the park­ing re­stric­tions around the track. If you park where you’re not sup­posed to be parked, you’ll end up with a ticket or you’ll get towed.

“Please just ad­here to the park­ing re­quire­ments and do what­ever po­lice tell you to do.”

Townsville Am­bu­lance Act­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Michelle Bax­ter said they had a large pres­ence on track with 30 paramedics on the grounds and re­minded race go­ers to be sun smart.

“We en­cour­age spec­ta­tors to drink lots of wa­ter, wear light cloth­ing, a hat, ap­ply plenty of sun­screen, and find a shady spot in the heat of the day to pre­vent sun­burn and de­hy­dra­tion,” Act Comm Bax­ter said. “QAS is well pre­pared for the Townsville 400 with 30 paramedics on hand over the three- day event.”

Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

POS­ING AWAY: Suzie and An­drew Wel­don, of Ormeau, and Cliff Swan­son, of Yep­poon, have their photo taken by Kathy Swan­son.

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