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Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium secured by ISC

Integrated Security Consultants (ISC) : 06 February, 2009  (Application Story)
Spectators and competitors kept secure at this year's Race of Champions event at London's Wembley Stadium
Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium secured by ISC
This winter saw a star studded event on the racing calendar, the Race of Champions. The unique annual event pitches the world's best motorsport stars head-to-head on a temporary tarmac track constructed on top of Wembley Stadium's famous pitch.

ROC remains the only opportunity for drivers to race in exactly the same cars and on a parallel track; the world's best racers from Formula 1, World Rallying, World Touring Cars, World Superbikes, Le Mans, NASCAR, and the X Games competing head-to-head to prove themselves based on their talent alone.

Almost 200 tonnes of tarmac transformed Wembley stadium into the ROC battleground, now in its 21st year. 46, 312 people flocked to the event, which began with a series of exhibitions and displays including demonstrations from F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and Andy Priaulx in his triple World Touring Car Championship-winning BMW.

Integrated Security Consultants Limited (ISC) provided security functions for the high profile event, beginning with pre event security for the Test Day. On event day ISC teams secured the Drivers Lounge, where participants including Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Jenson Button and other celebrities and VIPS' came and went throughout the day.

ISC provided a highly experienced close protection officer to look after Lewis Hamilton, staying with the racing star throughout the day ensuring his safety and assisting his movements around the venue and for autograph signing sessions. Hamilton took to the track in his Mclaren Mercedes car with Olympic cyclist and Sports Personality of the Year, Chris Hoy, although adverse weather conditions meant a planned 'Man Vs Machine' race between Hamilton in car and Hoy on bike had to be cancelled.

The Paddock viewing area where vehicles and crews are situated also played host to 1500 guests who came in a steady stream to view and get close to the cars. ISC managed foot traffic and ensured the safe flow of all guests. "People were very close to the cars and we had to be vigilant at all times and keep an eye out for any potential risks," said ISC's Operations Manager, Graham Harris.

ISC provided response teams for levels 2 3 and 4 of the venue, monitoring crowd behaviour and with all staff fully trained to respond appropriately to any occurrence. Several of ISC's senior management team are also contracted by the Stadium directly to handle key security roles at all the Stadium's events.

"Our teams are very experienced, well trained, licensed, vigilant and flexible. They ensure the integrity of their areas and are also there to look after all of Wembley's VIP clients and all employees of the Stadium. You need people who are well trained and who use their heads to respond to instances. Our staff are experienced and able to respond appropriately to both large crowds and individuals," said Harris, who also undertakes the role of Assistant Response Team Manager for the Stadium on event days.

ISC's vigilance ensured the event ran without drama off the track, but on the track action was fast and furious. The Nations Cup saw countries such as the USA take on Scandanvia, Team All Stars take on locals, and Autosport GB take on F1 Racing GB. Additional entertainment staged included the Red Bull X Fighters, who took to the skies forming a daredevil combination of gymnastics and motorbikes, and cheerleaders who entertained between events.

Following the ROC the track was utilised for a five day series of corporate events by Daytona Track Days. Culminating in 24 hr Le Mans style race, ISC continued their racing event security services at Wembley, providing staff to facilitate all operational security facets for the scheduled activities.
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