Whilst it is accepted that a meeting could hardly proceed without competitors, most people would not give a thought to the large groups of officials (generally 130 for a Club Meeting at Barbagallo and up to 400 for the V8 Supercar round) which makes race meetings possible. Motor sport events simply could not happen if it wasn’t for the dedication and efforts of these people who volunteer their precious time and skills. There are various areas that are constantly recruiting new volunteers. Each area has a senior official that takes care of training and education. Areas Include;
Flag Marshalls – Run by the Wanneroo Flag Marshal Association (WFMA). Flag Marshals are an integral part of any Motor Racing meeting. They are additional “eyes and ears” to the drivers, which helps them compete as competitively and as safely as possible. Using various coloured flags, signals and warnings are conveyed to the drivers on the circuit while they are practicing, qualifying or racing. Flag Marshalls are as close to the action as you can get (without being in the car!!).
Scrutineers– Scrutineers play an important role in motorsport. Racing series have a set of technical regulations to which the vehicles must conform. The role of the scrutineer in this case is to confirm that vehicles entered for the race meet the relevant regulations. A thirst for mechanical knowledge and technical specifications is a must.
Fire Crew– Fire crew are on stand-by at all times during a race meeting, ready to attend any incident on or off the track. Some specialist training is required to achieve proficiency and to ensure the safety of the crews and all personnel involved in the incident.
Grid Marshalls –Assemble the vehicles in a nominated sequence prior to each event by allocating grid spaces according to the grid sheets which are provided for each event by “timing”.
Pit Lane–These officials control all vehicle and personal movements in pit lane to ensure the safety of all personnel and competitors. Pit lane marshals also attend any incident in pit lane or on the track during the start of an event.
Starter – Essentially starts and finishes the races from a position above the start/finish line. Lights, flags and signal boards are used by the Starters to control the start and finish of events as well as to convey control messages to individual drivers all in accordance with directives from Race Control.
Medical Intervention Vehicle – Is on standby for all events and attends all on-track incidents where the likelihood of injury is present. It’s response and movements are directed from Race Control.
Safety Car – This vehicle equipped with flashing lights is used to open and close the track as required and is also the “lead” vehicle which controls all vehicles in an event when an incident has caused part of the track to be unsafe or unusable.
Race Control–Many types of officials operate in Race Control including Clerk of Course, Assistants Clerk of Course, Chief Flag Marshall, CCTV Operator these positions involve progressing through many levels of the CAMS officiating accreditation program to achieve proficiency and are a team of dedicated persons with a keen eye to see the event is run safely and effectively.
Stewards – The stewards are responsiblefor ensuring the safety of spectators, officials and competitors. They also ensure the event is run to the regulations, apply penalties as per the National Competition Rules (NCR’s), make recommendations to CAMS to improve the sport and ensure everyone is treated fairly.
Crash/Recovery Team – This team together with a range of vehicles for tow, lift and recovery are on standby during race meetings, ready to attend any incident which requires a vehicle to be “recovered”. They are directed by Race Control via radio and work closely with any medical staff attending the incident.
Timing– Personnel in “timing” operate a computer based timing system which provides detailed information on every vehicle in the event and keep records of the laps, times, numbers and location. All results are generated by the timing personnel who work closely with Race Control staff to ensure the proper conduct of race meetings.
Drift Crew – Love drift and would like to get involved? We welcome new people to join the team of volunteer officials that carry out vital roles within the sport. Do you have an interest in areas such as flagging, fire/rescue, working pit lane or scrutineering vehicles. Come along to the next drift practice and meet some of the officials and drivers. If you like what you see sign on and we will get you started. Hands on training is provided with the opportunity to further your skills in your chosen field as an official through the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS). Drift crew is unique, it is a team that encompasses a part of all the above volunteer disciplines.