So far, it’s been good clean fun
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.”
POSING AWAY: Suzie and Andrew Weldon, of Ormeau, and Cliff Swanson, of Yeppoon, have their photo taken by Kathy Swanson.