Ser­vices geared up for Su­per­cars show

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

EMER­GENCY ser­vices have spent months pre­par­ing for this week­end’s Townsville 400 with about 180 po­lice of­fi­cers and 30 am­bu­lance staff set to keep Su­per­cars fans safe.

V8 Co­or­di­na­tion Unit of­fi­cer- in- charge Se­nior Sergeant Matt Lyons said po­lice were pre­pared for any ma­jorj in­ci­dent, but ex­pected the three- day event at Reid park to run smoothly.

“We have been in plan­ning mode for the last three- anda- half to four months … to en­sure that we have cov­ered a lot of risk man­age­ment fac­tors sur­round­ing the event,” Sen- Sgt Lyons said.

“Those risks range from mi­nor matters in re­la­tion to pub­lic be­hav­iour, all the way up to more se­ri­ous matters that we may need to re­spond to. We are pre­pared for a HE failedf il d hi his driver’s li­cence test twice but that won’t stop young tearaway Alex Rullo from driv­ing at 270km/ h on the streets of Townsville.

At 17, Rullo is the youngest driver Su­per­cars Cham­pi­onship’s his­tory.

De­spite fail­ing the two li­cence tests, he did even­tu­ally pass and will re­ceive his P- plates in two weeks.

He turned 17 last month but isn’t wor­ried about be­ing the youngest driver in the Su­per­cars field.

“Once you get in the car there’s no real dif­fer­ence be­tween any of the driv­ers,” he said.

“You’ve got the more ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers that you try to learn off.

“It’s an awe­some op­por­tu­nity to be driv­ing in the main series at the high­est level of com­pe­ti­tion.”

The Lu­cas Dum­brell Mo­tor­sport driver has ex­pe­ri­ence in Townsville, hav­ing raced at the Reid Park street cir­cuit last year.

Rullo said nav­i­gat­ing the curves and walls of the cir­cuit was par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing for driv­ers.

“There is a lot more risk ver­sus re­ward here,” he said.

The Townsville 400 runs for three days, be­gin­ning on Fri­day.

AN­DREW BACKHOUSE ma­jor in­ci­dent, we’ve got con­tin­gen­cies in place should any ma­jor in­ci­dent oc­cur and we’ve got some ex­pe­ri­enced and well trained of­fi­cers that will as­sist should there be a ma­jor in­ci­dent.”

Sen- Sgt Lyons said if racegoers be­haved them­selves there should not be any is­sues dur­ing the week­end.

“There will be 180 po­lice each day in­volved in the event,” he said.

“We want peo­ple to have fu fun and en­joy it. It’s the big- gest event in Townsville … don’t ruin it by drink­ing too much and play­ing up.”

Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice emer­gency man­age­ment se­nior oper­a­tions su­per­vi­sor Peter Nil­son urged race fans to be safe, drink plenty of wa­ter and stay in the shade where pos­si­ble.

“We will have three main med­i­cal cen­tres around the cir­cuit and we will be pro­vid­ing cov­er­age for the con­cert event as well,” Mr Nil­son said.

“Please wear your hat, ap- pro­pri­ate cloth­ing and footwear par­tic­u­larly. While the thongs might feel com­fort­able in the morn­ing, by the time you get mid­way through the day, you’ve got blis­ters you didn’t think were pos­si­ble.

“Wear sun­screen and reap­ply through­out the day, par­tic­u­larly in the sunny ar­eas and please make sure you re­hy­drate. And if you aren’t feel­ing well, please come to one of the med­i­cal cen­tres and ask for help.” Dav­i­son right at home: p35


READY TO RUM­BLE: Alex Rullo, 17, at The Strand yes­ter­day.

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