Services geared up for Supercars show
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.