New BTCC / TOCA Safety Team Truck Unveiled
Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Series Organiser, TOCA, has unveiled its new state-of-the-art TOCA Safety Team truck ahead of the 2018 season. The brand new Ford F250, has been imported from the USA for use at TOCA events, its equipped with the very latest and best in rescue and cutting equipment. The truck will be deployed to any incident where needed, across all BTCC sessions and its supporting series, and is the only one of its type in Europe, following the similar idea that is used in Indy Car / NASCAR in the USA, the truck will be manned with a dedicated and fully trained TOCA safety crew and paramedic.
Martin Hunt is the permanent Safety Team Crew Chief of the truck, TOCA Medical Director, Dr Paul Trafford, will oversee the operation, the company Holmatro which was founded in the Netherlands in 1967, is supplying their latest state-of-the-art rescue set, including the Inclined Cutter, which is a unique design to Holmatro. The set will be continually updated as further new tool innovations and technologies are developed. The new TOCA Safety Team truck has already undergone a number of tests and will make its debut at the opening round of the season at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April and at all official events from then on.
BTCC Series Director, Alan Gow, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the new ‘TOCA Safety Team’ truck. It represents an investment of nearly £200,000 by TOCA and its partners, underlining our real and ongoing commitment to the very highest level of safety, rescue and recovery in UK motorsport. “This state-of-the-art rescue vehicle carries the very latest in cutting and rescue equipment and, most importantly, will be manned by the same dedicated crew at all events. Our team have worked with the BTCC for many years and I consider them to be the ‘best of the best’. “This introduction provides the BTCC and its supporting series’ with the very latest equipment and expertise available anywhere in the world for when dealing with serious incidents.”
TOCA Medical Director, Dr Paul Trafford, said: “TOCA has always supported the safety initiatives we have made over the years and the ‘TOCA Safety Team’ rescue truck is going to make a huge difference to our ability to respond to any serious incidents in the British Touring Car Championship and its support series’. “It really is state-of-the-art equipment from Holmatro, MacTools and DeWalt. This will be complimented by the latest medical monitoring equipment supplied by Remote Diagnostic Technologies (RDT), operated by a dedicated crew, making the vehicle very special indeed.”