Mt Buller Sprint – event statement
- 4th November 2007, 5:35pm
Event Director of Mountain Motorsports, Mr Peter Washington, expressed his deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Paul Flintoft, fatally injured in the Mt Buller Sprint yesterday.
“Everyone involved in the event has been deeply saddened by the loss of Paul, a respected member of the motor racing community, who will be truly missed. Paul was a good friend of mine whom I have known for over 10 years.
“Our thoughts are also with David Reynolds, the driver of the vehicle.
“I would like to thank the other competitors, staff, officials, volunteers, members of the police, ambulance, Chaplaincy Victoria, Country Fire Authority and other emergency services for their swift and expert assistance in dealing with the accident.
“We work very closely with representatives of all the emergency services in the planning, preparation and running of our events.”
The Mt Buller Sprint is a Confederation of Australian Motorsports (CAMS) sanctioned event for both driver and co-driver (navigator/passenger). All competitors must hold a CAMS National Rally licence and wear flameproof racesuits and helmets. Their vehicles must meet stringent safety guidelines, including rollcages, fire extinguisher and safety harnesses.
Victoria Police and CAMS have given their approval to resume the event today and tomorrow. Competitors were given the final choice whether or not to continue the event, and the overwhelming consensus was to continue.
Chaplaincy Victoria is on-site for the duration of the event, available to counsel everyone involved.
For more updates on David Reynold’s medical condition and Paul Flintoft’s funeral arrangements please go the CAMS website, www.cams.com.au.
Photo: John Doutch
* RallySport Magazine will have a tribute to Paul Flintoft on this website in the coming days.
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