WITH the new motorsport season fast approaching, the Orange Army will be heading to Rockingham this Sunday (January 21), to take part in the marshals’ annual refresher training course.
Organised by the British Motorsport Marshals Club South Midland Region, the volunteers will take part in a mock race event and be presented with different scenarios which marshals could face when trackside at a live event.
Now in its third year, the one day event will be supported by the Northamptonshire circuit’s Safety Team, and will start in the classroom. The theory session will provide a refresher on basic skills such as flags, fires and first aid through to report writing, communications and incident handling
Following the theory, volunteers will move trackside for the practical session which will cover all aspects of marshalling from enforcing track regulations and assisting with judicial reviews through to removing debris from a live track, incident handling, fire training and the recovery of a rolled car.
Circuit Operations Manager at Rockingham, Nick Breed said: “It is always a pleasure to host this training event, and we are delighted to continue our support by providing a free training venue.
“Marshals are an essential part of motor racing without the goodwill of these enthusiastic volunteers, our race meetings wouldn’t be able to go ahead. This event is a great opportunity for the marshals to not only brush up on their skills but to also meet up with fellow enthusiasts before the start of the new season.
British Motorsports Marshals Club South Midlands Region Training Officer, Elaine Brice added: “We are very grateful to Rockingham and Prize Motorsport, without whom we couldn’t put on the training days in this style.
“The training the British Motorsport Marshal Club provides for marshals is essential to keep our marshals up to the high standards they achieve at circuits all around the world.”
The British Motorsports Marshals Club (BMMC) is always looking for volunteers. So if you’re looking for a new challenge and would like more information visit www.marshals.co.uk or follow the club on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.