Volunteering

What is an Official?

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:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliability
  • Dedication
  • Commonsense

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 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.

 

AFFILIATIONS

Having a CAMS 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 CAMS Official means your qualifications are recognised with CAMS 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 CAMS 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 via telephone (08) 9306 8022, fax (08) 9306 8539, e-mail admin@wascc.asn.au or visit www.cams.com.au

Officials Accreditations

Becoming an accredited Official is easy and can open many doors. Just follow these 3 simple steps.


 STEP 1: CAMS TRAINEE OFFICIALS LICENCE

Download your CAMS General Officials Licence before you attend your chosen event and take it with you.
Make sure at the conclusion of your event you get your General Officials Licence signed by your supervisor or senior Official.
The supervisor or senior Official will be asked to lodge this form with CAMS with other post event paperwork.
Once CAMS receive your form you will be allocated with your CAMS Member number and be contacted regarding Step 2 of the process to becoming a General Official.

Remember that you need to officiate for 1 day before applying to become a CAMS General Official.
Instructions on your next steps are also provided on the CAMS General Officials Licence application form.

Officials Licence Forms – http://www.cams.com.au/en/Forms/Officials_Licence_Forms.aspx


 STEP 2: INTRODUCTORY THEORY MODULE

To ensure that you are duly informed and aware of the potential dangers of motor sports, you are required to undertake a short training module.

This can be done via the web by contacting CAMS Customer Services or alternatively instructor-led by your club or event organiser.


 STEP 3: FILL OUT THE WASCC OFFICIALS REGISTRATION FORM

These give us all the information we need to contact you and supply you with the correct pass to get you through the gate at meetings as well as emergency contact information.

Please Note: This form needs to be renewed each year.

OFFICIAL REGISTRATION 2019

Officials Disciplines

OFFICIALS DISCIPLINES

 

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 Marshals – 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 Marshals 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 conform with 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 Marshals –Grid sheets are provided for each event by the Timing team, and it is the Grid Marshals responsibility to assemble the vehicles in this nominated sequence prior to each event.

 

Pit Lane–These Officials control all vehicle and personnel movements in Pit Lane to ensure the safety of all. 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 people with a keen eye to see the event is run safely and effectively.

 

Stewards – The Stewards are responsible for 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 keeps records of the laps, times, vehicle 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 CAMS. Drift crew is unique in that it is a team that encompasses a part of all the above volunteer disciplines.

Paul Johnson exuberantly waves the chequered flag at Wanneroo Park in 1977.

Fire Crew assess the damage and work to quickly and safely recover the vehicle so racing can resume.

Rain, hail or shine! Our dedicated Grid Marshals aren’t scared of a little bad weather, as demonstrated here by James Boyes. Photo credit – BeardySnaps

One of the fire and rescue equipped vehicles which is operated by our Fire Crew. Photo credit – BeardySnaps

The Medical Intervention Vehicle keeping watch over the start of a race. Photo credit – BeardySnaps

The Pace Car in action controlling a race after an incident on track. Photo credit – BeardySnaps

Scrutineers are always available to check vehicles safety and regulation requirements. Photo credit – BeardySnaps