Australian Grand Prix Corporation Response To Coroner's Findings The Australian Grand Prix Corporation [AGPC] has studied the Coroner's findings on the death of Graham Beveridge issued in Melbourne today. The 2002 Foster's Australian Grand...
Australian Grand Prix Corporation Response To Coroner's Findings
The Australian Grand Prix Corporation [AGPC] has studied the Coroner's findings on the death of Graham Beveridge issued in Melbourne today.
The 2002 Foster's Australian Grand Prix will go ahead as scheduled from February 28 to March 3.
AGPC chairman Ron Walker said that, since the tragedy last March, a great deal of thought and effort has been expended on coming up with solutions to avoid such an occurrence again.
Mr. Walker said his board had every confidence in AGPC chief executive, Mr. John Harnden, and his technical staff and that safety initiatives, independent of the coronial inquiry, had already been implemented for this year's race.
Coroner Graeme Johnstone's findings include comments as to the knowledge of the AGPC, Mr. Harnden, and CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motor Sport) in respect of the risk of debris passing through marshal openings in the safety fences at the Albert Park circuit. However, Mr. Johnstone points out that, although the AGPC is ultimately responsible for safety at the Grand Prix, it can delegate the management of this issue to another agency, such as CAMS, and that it is also entitled to seek expert advice on safety-related issues from CAMS (and its National Track Safety Committee), the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and its engineering contractor. This is what has occurred at each event over the past 17 years (in Melbourne and Adelaide).
Mr. Walker said that, in addition, since its inception AGPC had engaged each year an independent risk management consultant to advise it on the assessment of potential risks.
In respect of track safety issues, AGPC had always acted in accordance with the advice of that consultant, the FIA, CAMS and other expert bodies.
Indeed,Mr. Johnstone acknowledged the FIA, CAMS, AGPC and its engineeringcontractorhadundertaken,and continue to do, a considerable amount of work on safety.
Mr. Johnstone said: "Whilst some of the comments in this inquest have been critical of the management of this particular risk by agencies such as AGPC and CAMS, it also needs to be said, in a very positive light, that these agencies also have taken many pro-active and innovative steps in relation to safety in the past and appear to be engaged in a process aimed at continual safety improvement. Processes aimed at continual safety improvement are essential if the risks are to be appropriately managed. It is noted that the FIA also appears to have taken a significant number of steps on safety in the area of international Grand Prix motor racing."
See CAMS response