OFFICIALS: THE LIFEBLOOD OF MOTORSPORT
DO YOU WANT THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE AT MOTOR SPORT EVENTS?
Anyone can be a Official, the only pre-requisites are:
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 Wanneroo Raceway, and up to 400 for the 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.
Having a Motorsport Australia Officials licence will allow you to officiate at all local WA Sporting Car Club State Championship events including high profile events such as the Supercars Championship.
The WA Sporting Car Club, in addition to circuit racing, holds super sprints, hill climbs, tuning days, regularities and drift events. All of these need Officials to work efficiently.
Being a Motorsport Australia Official means your qualifications are recognised with Motorsport Australia affiliation with the FIA, so also allows you to volunteer Australia wide at events such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Supercars, Targa West, Off Road Rally, Phillip Island Classic and Motorkhana.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Previous experience in motor sport, although helpful, is not essential with most of the skills and knowledge of officiating gained largely from experience, whether it be in a specialised field such as vehicle scrutiny, flag marshaling or administration.
When you start you will be teamed with experienced Officials, and learn how to do most things “on the job”. As you gain more experience, the opportunity will arise to further your skills and development as a qualified Motorsport Australia Official.
Volunteering your time as an Official can also help those wishing to carve a career in the racing industry as a mechanic, engineer or potential race manager for a top motor sport team. Becoming an Official gives you a greater understanding of how the industry works and displays your dedication and determination to succeed.
SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Become a motor sport Official today! For more information about becoming a motor sport Official, contact the WA Sporting Car Club’s administration or go to the Motorsport Australia website.