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NEWS Revised route for WRGB

NEWS Nathalie McGloin’s Spinal Column


IN PRAISE OF THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX VOLUNTEERS Last weekend Lewis Hamilton matched Jim Clark’s record of five British Grand Prix pole positions and victories, 50 years after the great Scot’s last home win in 1967. But while records come and go, one thing remains constant: the dedication and expertise of our volunteers, without whom UK motorsport’s premier event could not run. From the orange army of trackside marshals to the rescue crews and from the scrutineers to the timekeepers, the UK’s volunteers are second to none. On this occasion their great efforts really shone through in readying operations for unexpected track activity on Thursday at very short notice. This year there was a prize draw for one volunteer to win a ride in a two-seat F1 car with Paul di Resta; rescue crew member Dom Turner was the lucky passenger and described the experience as one and half minutes that he will never forget. Meanwhile Nikki Greenwood, a course/incident marshals on Abbey Pit Wall, won a random prize draw for a pair of grandstand tickets to the 2018 British Grand Prix. FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting has also asked us to pass on our thanks and best wishes to all the marshals, track workers and race control staff for the seamless running of one of the biggest and best F1 Events on the planet. Once again, our sincere thanks to everybody who contributed to yet another successful weekend that showcased the best of British motorsport. Rob Jones Chief Executive Motor Sports Association Ben Taylor Manging Director International Motor Sports


BMMC‫@‏‬BMMC_UK 17 Jul Postcards from @F1 @SilverstoneUK #britishgrandprix2017 #Thanksmarshal #orangearmy #lifeinorange #volunteers

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twitter feed Channel 4 F1 @C4F1 15 Jul We want to give a huge shout out to all the marshals and volunteers who give up their free time to allow F1 to happen. You guys rock!

BMMC @BMMC_UK 15 Jul Thank you @Susie_Wolff @D2BDofficial for visiting @BMMC_UK @SilverstoneUK recruiting tent yesterday #ThanksMarshal #lifeinorange #orangearmy

BMMC @BMMC_UK Jul 14 Big thank you to the new incoming @MSAUK chairman #DavidRichards for calling at the marshals recruitment tent #ThanksMarshal #orangearmy





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The latest briefing from your governing body


Lewis Hamilton received the prestigious Hawthorn Memorial Trophy from MSA Chief Executive Rob Jones at Silverstone last weekend (Saturday 15 July) ahead of the British Grand Prix. The Hawthorn Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most successful British or Commonwealth driver in the previous year’s FIA Formula One World Drivers’ Championship. It was first presented by the Hawthorn family in memory of Mike Hawthorn, who became Britain’s first F1 champion in 1958 but tragically died a year later.

Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Hamilton won 10 grands prix in 2016, finishing second in the championship, just five points behind Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. His victories included a fourth win on home soil at Silverstone. “This is the sixth time that Lewis has won the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy and it has been a real pleasure to present him with it for the third year in a row,” said Jones.

news in brief TENDER PROCESS FOR BRITISH SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIP The MSA has launched a tender process for the organisation and promotion of the MSA British Superkart Championship from 2018.

The tender document is available on the MSA website via the following link: MSA British Superkart Championship

In the tender document the governing body is seeking interested parties to run and promote the Championship for a minimum period of three years from 1 January 2018.

Submissions should be received by the MSA at Motor Sports House by no later than 12.00 noon on 28 July 2017, marked for the attention of Sheila Barter, Executive Office Services Manager.


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News obituary

MICHAEL LIMB OBE, 1933-2017 The MSA is sad to report that its former Chairman, Michael Limb OBE, has passed away aged 84. He is remembered by Michael Southcombe, a fellow former Chairman: “Having completed his National Service in the RAF, Michael joined the Royal Automobile Club in the mid-1970s, during the Chairmanship of Wilfred Andrews. Andrews had asked Sir Clive Bossom to put together a proposal to eliminate the Competitions Committee of the Club and replace it with something more in line with the needs of club motorsport. The outcome was the formation of Motor Sports Council in 1975, chaired by Sir Clive. “Then came a tumultuous time; the Club had problems, Sir Clive stood down and we entered an era of much change until Jeffrey Rose was elected as Chairman, retaining Michael as General Secretary. Motorsport was still unhappy with the finances being controlled from Pall Mall and Sir Clive was mainly responsible for bringing about the formation of The Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association Limited (MSA) in 1977. “The Board, chaired by Sir Clive, comprised a membership 50 per cent elected from the Council and 50 per cent appointed by the Club – Michael was one of the Club appointees. The company offices moved to Belgrave Square. “I was appointed MSA Chairman in 1982, while Peter Cooper had become Chairman of Council. Cooper then became CEO when Basil Tye died suddenly – at this point Michael took over as Chairman of Council. I remained Chairman of the Board until 1988, when I agreed to make way for Sir John Rogers and. In turn, Michael stood down as Chairman of Council and I took over. “Michael retired from the RAC in 2003 and was awarded an OBE for Services to Motor Sport. He became an Interregnum Chairman of MSA when Rogers retired in around 2003 at 70. Michael was followed three years later by John Grant, current Chairman of the BRDC. “Michael was a Mason and Master of his Lodge for a year within the last decade. He was a Liveryman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Coachmakers. He was married to Sylvia – an

Irish Nursing Sister in the RAF – for 49 years until her sudden passing last year. They had a son, Michael, who is married and lives in Spain. “Michael was a good friend for nearly 40 years. The last time we saw each other was when we went together to Sir Clive’s Memorial Service in May. Michael was as straight as a die; there was no bending of rules in his life, ever! It was either the right thing to do or it was wrong, and discarded.” The MSA sends its condolences to Michael’s family and friends.

news in brief FATAL ACCIDENT INQUIRY UNDER WAY IN EDINBURGH The fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the tragic deaths of Joy Robson on the 2013 Snowman Rally and Elizabeth Allen, Iain Provan and Len Stern on the 2014 Jim Clark Rally Rally began in Edinburgh on Tuesday (18 July). The MSA will be in attendance throughout the inquiry, which is expected to last for approximately ten weeks.



WELSH GOVERNMENT CONSULTS ON CLOSED ROADS The Welsh Government has launched its consultation on adopting the closed-road motorsport legislation that commenced in England on 10 April. The Motor Racing Regulations consultation document states: ‘This consultation is about proposals to bring into force Regulations that would specify those motor sport governing bodies which are authorised to issue permits under section 12B of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (“the RTA”) for the purpose of motor racing on public highways in Wales. Section 12B(6) of the RTA requires the Welsh Ministers to list the motor sports governing bodies authorised to issue permits for the purposes of section 12B.’ The document asks five questions and has a closing date of 29 August 2017. Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “As the governing body we urge Wales to adopt the closed-roads legislation already introduced in England. This would further enhance the country’s reputation as a world-leading motorsport venue, known in particular for hosting the types of events that would benefit most from this new development.


“We strongly encourage all those in the Welsh motorsport community to respond to this consultation and to share it far and wide to maximise the response. Strong and positive feedback will deliver a clear message to the Welsh Government that this is a great opportunity to boost a proud part of the country’s sporting heritage.” To view the consultation document, please CLICK HERE.

“As the governing body we urge Wales to adopt the closed-roads legislation already introduced in England. This would further enhance the country’s reputation as a world-leading motorsport venue” MSA Extra / July 2017

News twitter feed Chris Harris @harrismonkey Jul 16 Seeing the numbers of passionate F1 fans at Silverstone today I still find it difficult to imagine an F1 calendar without a British race. George Russell @GeorgeRussell63 Jul 16 Pole, Win and Championship Lead!! Weekends don’t come much better than this!! #Silverstone #GP3 DS Virgin Racing @DSVirginRacing Jul 15 @sambirdracing & #DSVirginRacing make history to become first ever winners of a car race in New York City #FormulaE #NYCePrix

FORMULA STUDENT AT THE FORMULA ONE BRITISH GRAND PRIX Students from the University of Hertfordshire revealed their Formula Student car to thousands of F1 qualifying fans at Silverstone last weekend, ahead of this week’s educational engineering competition.

Jack Benyon @jackbenyon Jul 15 Decent F2 race, even better watching @oliverrowland1 spray @jonesyrob with a decent amount of champagne! Hope you’ve got a spare suit Rob! Andrew Coley @Andrew_Coley 7 Jul Another day filming in the bag with @MSAUK & @ Gridstars at Silverstone, new ARDS video incoming! I don’t often need a box…I’m 6ft2!!

The UoH Racing Team showcased their 20th combustion engine Formula Student car, UH20, before taking part in a 75-metre acceleration demo. UH20 comfortably beat a Silverstone single seater and a Caterham 7 on the International Pit Straight, achieving a time of 4.1 seconds. They will hope to go even faster when Formula Student takes place at Silverstone this weekend (20-23 July). Lucy Killington, Formula Student Project Leader, said: “This was a huge opportunity for Formula Student. The Formula One paddock is full of FS alumni, so it is great to be able to show the public what the students are capable of and how FS inspires the next generation of professional engineers.” Formula Student 2017 marks 20 years since the first competition. Tickets are still available for spectators and start at just £10. Visit to purchase.


Jay Mooney Racing @JayMooneyRacing 21 Jun Great article in this months @MSAUK magazine with @nathaliemcgloin and #SpinalTrack Damon Hill @HillF1 15 Jun Meet the new boss! Same as the old boss? I doubt it! Two very unique men. Well done Alan Gow. Welcome David Richards @MSAUK #UKMotorsport


MSA Safeguarding Officer, Jennifer Carty, and a group of specialist individuals have begun delivering safeguarding training at kart clubs across the country. Four training sessions have been delivered so far, the latest being at Shenington Kart Racing Club this week (18 July). The number of MSA-registered Club Safeguarding Officers has more than doubled since the start of the year and continues to rise. A yearly training programme for CSO’s will be established and the MSA is also currently working on a plan for Safeguarding education, training and guidance for parents and teams. To view the MSA’s safeguarding policy, please CLICK HERE.

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ORGANISERS REVISE WRGB ROUTE Organisers of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB have announced a revised four-day route following the discovery of tree disease in mid-Wales by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) who manage the forest estate in Wales. The original itinerary announced in May included two runs through the full Myherin Special Stage on Friday – this has now been shortened to allow contractors to remove infected larch trees. The spread of funguslike Phytophthora ramorum can only be detected with the advent of early summer growth – hence the belated need to amend the previously confirmed route. However, the rally still features 187.5 miles of competitive action, as crews will face a second run through Aberhirnant. This has been added to Saturday morning’s schedule

and will offer the fans and crews an early sighter in advance of the evening’s final stage. “Come October, NRW will be clearing the infected trees out of Myherin, so we have to make other plans,” said Ben Taylor, Managing Director. “Luckily, we have a route guru in Andrew Kellitt who has crunched the maps and the figures to replace the lost mileage by adding another run through Aberhirnant on Saturday morning.”

Spectators are advised that the changes in Myherin have necessitated the creation of new car parks and viewing areas. As a result, fans will not be able to access the stage through the normal routes and should check the rally planner in September for parking directions. Organisers have also confirmed that the first running of the Gwydir stage on Sunday morning has been cancelled from the original schedule, with the final day now starting at Alwen.

news in brief WELSH PUPILS GET CHANCE TO DESIGN LIVERY Wales Rally GB has launched a competition giving Welsh students an opportunity to see their own livery design applied to the Toyota GT86. The winning entry will be unveiled and displayed in the event’s Rally Village right on 26-29 October. The competition is being coordinated by the rally organisers and the Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW) on behalf of the Welsh Government and is open to all primary schools, secondary schools and colleges in the region, with entry categories for Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5. Winners of all four categories will be invited to the Rally Village


to receive rally prizes courtesy of Performance Clothing and a behind-the-scenes insight into one of the world’s most exciting and technologically advanced sports. The overall winning design will be applied to a GT86 sports provided by Toyota UK and then unveiled by a WRC driver on the eve of the event. The Rally Village is located adjacent to Toyota’s Engine Manufacturing Plant in Deeside. An entry form, design templates and further details can be downloaded from and The closing date is 29 September. MSA Extra / July 2017


Spinal column

Nathalie McGloin MSA Extra columnist on the Edge

The Edge: an almost unobtainable, philosophical ideal. It can be a state of mind, a physical peak or a mental fortitude. Sports marketing campaigns talk about giving you the Edge, employers assess which interviewees may have it and even the way people present themselves can deem them to possess this undefinable quality. In these contexts the Edge is a concept open to interpretation. But in motorsport, the Edge is more quantifiable.


or years I've thought of myself as an adrenaline junkie, a thrill seeker, someone who likes to push the boundaries. While this attitude is extremely useful in other forms of competition, I’ve found it's very unhelpful in motor racing. At university, adrenaline would spike as soon as I sensed any kind of competition and push me to go one better than my peers. I got my degree but it was through wheelchair rugby that I really started to show my worth. Wheelchair rugby is a high octane, full contact sport where your performance is fuelled by adrenaline. It’s one of the only sports that is mixed right through to Paralympic level and I loved competing against the men. Training was full on and absolute commitment was the only way to compete at the top level. Once you’d optimised your strength, game play, fitness and diet the only thing that gave you the edge over your opponents was adrenaline.

The racing Edge can almost be worked out with a series of mathematical equations. It is simply the point at which the car has just enough grip to support your desired trajectory while at the limit on a race circuit. Driving on the Edge is optimal. Driving beyond it requires expert car control to recover. Driving below it means you’re not going to win. The views expressed by the individual contributors are not necessarily those of the MSA.

“Driving on the Edge is optimal. Driving beyond it requires expert car control. Driving below it means you’re not going to win”

I am learning to love being on the Edge. I’ve learnt the necessary skills to maintain control when I push beyond it but most of all I’m learning that driving below the Edge is not good enough for me anymore. My competitive nature is no longer fuelled by adrenaline, it’s fuelled by a realisation of what I’m capable of. I’m no longer hunting for speed, I’m hunting for the ultimate lap time. A conversation with my mind coach guru Erik Kondo after a recent crash led him to ask, ‘Who do you want to be? Maverick or Iceman?’ Two years ago, I would have said Maverick; I empathised with his need to push the boundaries, his suffering, his emotional loss and his big comeback. But my answer to Erik this time was Iceman. I want to be an absolute master of my craft, to hit those same targets every single time, to be at the very top of my game and the one that everyone wants to beat. Emotions and adrenaline are left in the paddock – I need to be an Ice Queen.


Volunteers News and updates from the orange army

LATEST MARSHAL PRIZE DRAW WINNERS ANNOUNCED Dafydd Jones and Wilma Davidson have been randomly selected as the latest winner of the MSA’s monthly marshals prize draw, winning signed FIA World Rallycross Championship t-shirts kindly provided by the championship organisers.

MARSHAL RECRUITMENT TENT POPULAR AT BRITISH GP The British Motorsport Marshals Club (BMMC) and Silverstone Marshals Club joined forces to run a recruitment at Silverstone over the British Grand Prix weekend. The team collected details from hundreds of interested racegoers and received visits from David Richards, MSA Chairman-elect, and Dare to be Different co-founder Susie Wolff.

DI RESTA GIVES ‘UNFORGETTABLE’ SILVERSTONE PASSENGER RIDE Former grand prix driver Paul di Resta gave rescue crew member Dom Turner the ride of his life in a two-seat F1 car at Silverstone last Thursday (14 July). The British Grand Prix relies on hundreds of volunteers and a prize draw was held for the chance to ride shotgun with one of the UK’s top drivers on the grand prix circuit. “Being a regular recovery vehicle, I have a fair knowledge of most parts of the track!” said Turner. “Although I had very limited forward vision in the two-seater, I knew we were approaching Stowe at a very high speed and that we should be braking. “Needless to say, Paul hit the brakes and we took the corner with ease. The braking force of the car and the G-force it generates are phenomenal! Many thanks for all involved with arranging the raffle, and to Paul for giving me one and a half minutes of my life that I’ll never forget.”


Dafydd (pictured) has been volunteering since the 1980s and predominantly marshals on rallies in Wales. Wilma started marshalling in 2014 and describes herself as being ‘hooked’ – she marshals on a number of rallies every year and is currently working through her marshalling grades towards becoming a Stage Commander. Each month at least one person will be picked at random from the MSA’s database of registered marshals. They will each win a special prize and receive a signed certificate of recognition from Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, on behalf of the governing body.

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Volunteers twitter feed Al Green Motorsport @al_green_msport 14 Jul Proud to be representing @MSAUK at @FIAformulaE #NYCePrix this weekend - may only get to wear this today but still! #lifeinorange Go Motorsport @gomotorsport 7 Jul Are you running an @MSAUK event and looking for marshals, entries, etc? Mention us and we’ll RT the details, use @ThanksMarshal for marshals

BMMC MEMBERS SUPPORT F1 IN LONDON Twelve members of the British Motorsport Marshals Club (BMMC) were on hand to help run F1 Live in London ahead of the British Grand Prix weekend. One of those was Graeme Fowler. “We didn’t all know each other previously but cracked on with the job without fuss and with a lot of laughter,” he said. “We enjoyed the cars. We enjoyed the level of access we had to the paddock. We enjoyed the banter with the crowd.” Marshal Carole Brackley added: “Wow! The first thing that came into my head was that when I first decided to marshal, I could never having imagined doing something like F1 Live in London!”

Mike Cole‫@ ‏‬mcole7617 6 Jul Marshals needed for @BristolMC Dick Mayo Sprint @CastleCombeUK on Sat 29 July. Free lunch for all helpers! @BMMC_SW @ThanksMarshal

Richard Andrews‫@ ‏‬richard_ andrews 2 Jul Being a marshal gives you a front row seat at the best motorsport events in the world. Here are the team at the finish line of @fosgoodwood.

news in brief


The MSA Licensing Department will be mailing out the 2018 Officials renewal forms on 21 July and will be asking for Officials to return their completed applications by the 25 August this year. This is to ensure that relevant personal details will be included in the 2018 MSA Yearbook, subject to consent.


The MSA is introducing voluntary registration for Competition Secretaries for the first time. No Competition Secretary will be obliged to register with the governing body but those who do will receive a registration card, lanyard, quarterly magazine, annual report and a copy of the MSA Yearbook. The registration form is available on the MSA website – CLICK HERE.

Sophia Bi‫@ ‏‬MissSophiaBi 27 Jun Thanks @MSAUK for my #marshalling goody bag this morning i’m sure these will all come handy to me! Can’t wait to start marshalling now!


Argyll Rally @ArgyllRally 24 Jun A huge thanks to each & every volunteer who has helped make the event happen. Look forward to seeing you all again next year #ThanksMarshal

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Profiling volunteers in F1

Paramedic Jim Seymour

Pit and Grid Marshal Jeanette Williams

Scrutineer Steve Billett

Day Job:

Day Job:

Day Job:

Is this your first Grand Prix?

Is this your first Grand Prix?

Paramedic based in Greater Manchester


Is this your first Grand Prix?

No, it’s my 17th! For my first I was based at Stowe and for the other 16 I’ve been in the Pit Lane.

How did you get started?

I read an article in the Sunday paper about the Grand Prix and volunteer medics while on holiday. I’d just qualified as a paramedic in Manchester and have always been interested in motorsport, so I sent a letter to the Chief Medical Officer when I got back from holiday and said that I’d be interested in coming down. He sent me a nice letter back and some tickets, I came to the event and have never looked back!

Would you recommend it to other people?

Definitely, yes, if you’ve got a love of motorsport it speaks for itself. You’re at the heart of the action, you get to see behind the scenes and you’re doing a worthwhile job as well.

No, it’s my 15th! I’ve also marshalled at the Singapore GP, Canadian GP four times and the American GP three times which I’m going out to do later this year.

How did you get started?

I moved house and ended up living next door to Oulton Park circuit, so I thought I’d go along and see what it was all about. I contacted the circuit and that’s how it all started.

Would you recommend it to other people?

Yes, I’ve dragged some people into it but it is very time intensive. It’ a big commitment but definitely worth it. You get the best seat in the house and receive unparalleled access. You wouldn’t get this unless you were in the F1 Paddock Club and even then they’re only walking down temporarily. We’re here the entire weekend so it’s amazing.

Senior Project Manager No, it’s my second. I worked as a scrutineer for the F2 and GP3 support races last year and have moved up to the main race for this year.

How did you get started?

I started doing the training when I was 16, so almost 20 years now. My dad’s a scrutineer, my brother’s a scrutineer so it’s in the family I guess. I have a massive passion for motorsport and working as a scrutineer you get right up close to all the cars; you get to be intimately involved with it.

Would you recommend it to other people?

Yes, it’s a fantastic opportunity. You get to come to places like this (Silverstone) and work alongside engineers at the absolute pinnacle of the technical world. I have a massive passion for motorsport and working as a scrutineer you get right up close to all the cars; you get to be intimately involved with it.

more information To become a motorsport medic please contact your local circuit


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Volunteers at the British Grand Prix

Photographs: Jakob Ebrey Photography


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Training Updates from the MSA Training Team


Students at Uxbridge College got their hand on the MSA’s new extrication trainer at a Big Bang event designed to get young people excited about the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths. Members of Middlesex County Automobile Club (MCAC) helped the boys and girls to strap in and get the feel of a competition car. They were shown how the roll-over protection system (ROPS) works and gained an insight into the process of extricating an injured competitor safely. On it’s first ‘public’ outing, school students were shown the new MSA extrication trainer by members of Middlesex County Automobile Club at the recent ‘Big Bang’ event at Uxbridge College. Run by Engineering UK, Big Bang is a programme of UK-wide events that get students excited about science, technology, engineering and maths, ‘STEM’ subjects. MCAC is developing a relationship with Uxbridge College to attract younger people – and hopefully their parents, too – into motorsport. As such MCAC has introduced a free student membership grade along with a wider family membership to make the club more inclusive. The club is also overhauling its website, membership system and use of social media to help it continue to promote motorsport into the future, as it has done since being founded in 1905.

MSA APPOINTS TRAINING OFFICER The MSA has recently appointed James Betchley as Training Officer, working in the Development Department. Betchley has worked at Motor Sports House for the past 10 years in the Competition and Clubs Department, most recently as Assistant Manager with responsibility for allocating MSA Stewards to events – a role he carries over into his new position. Many will recognise James as a member of the 2017 Licensed Officials seminar team and he will now be leading the development and delivery of Stewards’ training.

Clubs are encouraged to take part in the UK-wide Big Bang initiative – for more information, CLICK HERE. To contact MCAC, visit For further details about Uxbridge College, which offers a variety of technical and scientific courses including motor vehicle engineering and maintenance, head to


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BUSY TIMES FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAINERS The MSA’s international training team has visited four countries in as many months on behalf of the governing body in its capacity as an FIA Regional Training Provider (RTP). MSA Trainers Peter Lawton, Chris, Hobson, Peter Greenhalgh and Neil Fuller delivered the training, which was organised in conjunction with Sue Sanders, the MSA’s International Training Manager. The run of overseas visits began in April with a training programme for officials in Serbia, covering FIA and ASN standards and requirements followed by sessions on topics such as the FIA International Sport Code, FIA Appendix V, roles and responsibilities of senior officials and chain of command. There was a full afternoon on incident management and half a day with local Red Cross personnel. In May the team visited Belgrade in Kosovo to train marshals and officials on fixed venue events including drag racing and hill climbs, focusing on fire theory, recovery and working with rescue crews. This was followed by a ‘train the trainer’ programme in Zagreb, Croatia for the Central European Zone, which comprises ten ASNs. The programme covered many aspects of learning theory, as well as instructional techniques, presentation skills, and designing and delivering training activities. Finally the trainers worked with the Indian ASN to deliver three different programmes; first a train the trainer programme for club representatives to undertake marshals training, secondly a Clerks of the Course and Race Director Programme with 67 delegates, and a Stewards Training Programme (124 delegates). For further information on the MSA’s international training activities, CLICK HERE.

RESCUE COURSE PREPARATIONS IN FULL SWING The MSA’s Alan Page and James Betchley joined Northamptonshire’s Lace Rescue at Holmatro UK in Nottingham to assess new tools in preparation for an upcoming rescue training course.

Betchley has recently been appointed Training Officer in addition to his current position as the MSA Stewards Coordinator – he will be representing the governing body at the forthcoming Rescue Assessors Train the Trainers course at Thruxton in September.

SECOND ANNUAL PRC REVIEW The MSA and the Marshal’s Working Group will be commencing a second annual review of Personal Record Cards (PRC) following last year’s initial check. This review is due to take place within the next month, before licence renewals open in September. A percentage of individuals from an identified set of requirements have been randomly selected and requested to send in copies of their PRC. The purpose of this check is to ensure that MSA-registered marshals are meeting the maintenance of grade criteria, in the interests of safety and on-going personal development. The maintenance of grade requirements can be found via the following links: RACE; SPECIALIST; SPEED; KART; RALLY/CROSS COUNTRY. If you do not currently have a PRC please email with the relevant discipline. For further guidance on how to complete the PRC, please CLICK HERE. The MSA team is in process of finalising the Rally guidance notes and hope to publish them very soon. The MSA and the Marshals Working Group would like to thank all marshals not only for their cooperation but also for their ongoing support and dedication to the sport.


Technical Updates, clarifications and advice


The MSA Technical Department has been made aware of more fake harnesses in circulation – the set pictured was found at an event in Belgium. The photos show the harness after it had been submitted for testing and as can be seen, the harness attachments have failed catastrophically. This highlights the vital importance of identifying and avoiding counterfeit products. The advice remains the same: if you check labels carefully you can usually find something that indicates if a product is not genuine. The first thing is to make sure that you are fully familiar with FIA homologation labelling requirements, the individual

manufacturer’s labelling and the product itself. And as always, buy from recognised and reputable outlets. Scrutineers cannot reasonably be expected to examine all products in fine detail and ultimately the competitor bears responsibility for their equipment and personal safety. In the past, fake harnesses have been identified by the webbing being a slightly different colour, the weave of the webbing being slightly different, the stitching pattern being different, the finish on the metalwork being different, or the detail of the metalwork being slightly different.

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Updates & Clarifications


The helmet pictured was presented to a Scrutineer at a recent event. As can be seen, the helmet strap is severely frayed and cannot be expected to function as required in the event of an incident. Such damage is clearly not acceptable and it goes without saying that the helmet was rejected at pre-event scrutineering.


Competitors are reminded that the FIA harness homologation standards (8853/98, 8854/98 and 88532016) all require the FIA homologation label to be sewn into the left shoulder strap of the harness (from the point of view of the wearer). Therefore competitors must install the harness correctly, making sure that the left shoulder strap is the one bearing the FIA homologation label. The MSA Technical Department has received reports of harnesses with the labelled shoulder strap fitted on the right rather than the left – this could cause the buckle not to align or close properly, potentially seriously affecting the efficiency of the harness. There have also been reports of harnesses presented with homologation labels on each shoulder strap; this can only be a case of ‘mix and match’ and is equally unacceptable.


Road Rally regulations are specific in not permitting LED auxiliary lamps, or retrofitting LED headlamps, as per regulation (R)18.5.5. The only time an LED lamp can be used on a Road Rally is if it is a Standard Part for the vehicle – see the definition of Standard Part in Section (B). The two photos were taken by a scrutineer at a recent Road Rally event and show LED bulbs retro-fitted into an auxiliary lamp and a headlamp unit – in both cases a clear contravention of (R)18.5.5. Competitors should note that Scrutineers have been given advice on how to spot retro-fitted bulbs.


Competitors are reminded that there are regulations relating to Roll Over Protection Systems (ROPS) padding to protect the vehicle occupants in areas where the helmet or body may come into contact with ROPS members. The security of this padding is vital to its effective performance. Often the padding only covers the inside half of the tube (closest to the occupant). This is acceptable, however the padding must be secured so that it cannot rotate around the tubing. Attaching the padding with cable ties alone is not sufficient; an adhesive tape should be used to secure the padding in position, with the cable ties as a secondary securing method. Indeed, FIA-homologated padding is supplied with double-sided tape.



Latest results across the different types of motor sport goverened by the MSA


PRESTONE MSA BRITISH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Swedish driver Fredrik Ahlin and his Norwegian co-driver Torstein Eriksen claimed victory on round five, the Nicky Grist Stages. Provisional championship standings 1 Fredrik Ahlin – 88* points 2 Osian Pryce – 66* 3 Matt Edwards – 54 * Denotes Joker used

British GT


BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP PIRELLI MSA WELSH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Callum Black was the highest placed championship competitor, becoming the first driver this season to take a second maximum points score.

Provisional championship standings 1 Wug Utting – 85 points 2 Andy Davies – 75 3 Dylan Davies – 62

Barwell Motorsport’s Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen extended their championship lead by winning the first hour-long race at Spa-Francorchamps. Provisional championship standings 1 Jon Minshaw – 152 points = Phil Keen – 152 3 Rick Parfitt – 140


British F3

ARR CRAIB MSA SCOTTISH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP BRDC BRITISH F3 CHAMPIONSHIP Ben Hingeley and Enaam Ahmed shared the victories as the championship headed to Belgium. Provisional championship standings 1 Enaam Ahmed – 399 points 2 Toby Sowery – 317 3 James Pull – 308


Euan Thorburn took a nail-biting victory as the Argyll Rally returned to Dunoon for the first time in 14 years. Provisional championship standings 1 Euan Thorburn – 143 points 2 Jock Armstrong – 133 3 Mike Faulkner – 126

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Championship Updates

Paul Lawrence

Andrew le Poidevin


SBD MOTORSPORT MSA BRITISH SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP Blyton Parkhosted rounds seven and eight of the championship.

Jason Mourant became the first Jersey resident to win at home since Tico Martini in 1962. Richard Spedding won both rounds on Guernsey.

Provisional championship standings 1 Heather Calder – 73 points 2 Colin Calder – 69 = Steve Miles – 69

Provisional championship standings 1 Trevor Willis – 141 points 2 Richard Spedding – 108 3 Wallace Menzies – 100

MINTEX MSA BRITISH HISTORIC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rob Smith and Alun Cook took top honours in round five of the championship, the Trim-based ALMC Stages in Ireland. Provisional championship standings 1 Nick Elliott/Dave Price – 130 points 2 Jason Pritchard/Phil Clarke – 110 3 Ben Friend/Cliffy Simmons – 70

Barrie Parker

Steve Addison

LINK-UP LTD MSA BRITISH CAR TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIP MSA BRITISH SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIP Paul Platt took both rounds at Cadwell Park, while reigning champion Jack Layton had a disastrous day suffering multiple mechanical problems.

Dave Oliver became the first double winner of the year by winning the Wye Valley Car Trial on Sunday.

Provisional championship standings 1 Paul Platt – 199 points 2 Dan Clark – 182 3 Jack Layton – 169

Provisional championship standings 1 Barrie Parker – 34 points 2 Shawn Franklin – 30 3 Rupert North – 27

Fern Motorsport

LINK-UP LTD MSA BRITISH AUTOTEST CHAMPIONSHIP TOYO TIRES MSA BRITISH RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP Julian Godfrey claimed victory in the third round at Pembrey to move into joint second in the standings.

Provisional championship standings 1 Oliver Bennett – 75 points 2 Ollie O’Donovan – 70 = Julian Godfrey – 70

Bright sunshine greeted the 33 competitors on the Nic Ayre Memorial Autotest. Richard Pinkney set fastest times on all six afternoon tests, winning the overall event by 25 seconds. Provisional championship standings 1 Chris Chapman – 195 points 2 Malcolm Livingston – 194 3 Dave Mosey – 178





Dragan Pinsent won both finals at Glan-Y-Gors.

Oliver Hodgson dominated the Senior Championship, winning two heats and the two finals at Glan-Y-Gors.

Abbi Pulling won both heats and final one in the Junior Championship but dropped out of the second final leaving Ethan Newsham to take the win.

Provisional championship standings 1 Louie Westover – 905 2 Sean Butcher – 879 3 Dragan Pinsent – 876

Provisional championship standings 1 Danny Keirle – 942 2 Thomas Turner – 893 3 Elliott Harvey – 860

Provisional championship standings 1 Abbi Pulling – 902 2 Ross Deal – 896 3 James Pashley – 878



SUPER ONE SERIES MSA SENIOR TKM NATIONAL KART CHAMPIONSHIP Joe Stockford won the second final at Glan-Y-Gors after battling with Simon Vercoe.

Results 1 Joe Stockford (Tal-Ko) 13m25.23s 2 Adam Sparrow (Tal-Ko) +0.14s 3 Simon Vercoe (Tal-Ko) +0.24s

MAXXIS TYRES MSA ENGLISH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rounds three and four took competitors to the double delights of the Nicky Grist Stages (Gravel) and the Acropolis Stages (Asphalt). Provisional championship standings 1 Stephen Petch – 94 points 2 Callum Black – 88 3 Russ Thompson – 69

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MSA BRITISH DRAG RACING CHAMPIONSHIP SUPER ONE SERIES MSA BRITISH CADET KART CHAMPIONSHIP Taylor Barnard continued to dominate the cadet championship, winning both finals at Glan-Y-Gors.


Provisional championship standings 1 Taylor Barnard – 972 2 Matthew Rees – 844 3 Freddie Slater – 827

Rain showers and a racing accident in another class ended the event prematurely, leaving Kevin Slyfield and Marco Maurischat poised to contest the Pro Modified final. Provisional championship standings 1 Andy Robinson – 192 points 2 Kevin Slyfield – 191 3 Bobby Wallace – 164

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Academy Equipping the UK’s most promising young drivers

SQUAD VISITS MOTOR SPORTS HOUSE Eighteen members of the MSA Academy’s Squad development programme visited Motor Sports House last month to work with coaches James Wozencroft and Adam Gould. Split over two days, the first group of older athletes focused on sponsorship and the benefits of management whereas the younger group worked on goal setting and career planning. The second group also underwent a session on motorsport safety, with MSA Training Executive Alan Page, using the MSA’s new extrication trainer. All drivers took part in sessions on ‘what it takes to be professional’ and planned their development programmes.

The MSA Academy Squad is a group of around 25 drivers aged 14-24 who have demonstrated potential excellence in motorsport. They are selected by our experienced professionals and the program allows them to benefit from the knowledge and resources originally developed for the Team UK and MSA Academy AASE programmes.

LYNN TAKES POLE IN NYC EPRIX MSA Team UK graduate Alex Lynn took pole position in his debut Formula E race in New York City last week (15 July). Twenty-three-year-old Lynn has worked with DS Virgin Racing in a reserve role since January, and took the place of Jose Maria Lopez for the New York ePrix. Unfortunately

Lynn suffered technical issues and was unable to finish both races. Lynn said: “Pole position for my debut Formula E race! What more can I say? That was a fantastic feeling, and although things didn’t go my way in the races because of technical problems, that’s an

inevitable part of such a high-tech series where everyone’s pushing the barriers on what’s possible on electric cars. I have to congratulate my DS Virgin team-mate Sam Bird for winning both races, and I would love to stay in Formula E – it’s such a cool championship. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope I can join the grid again!”


GoMotorsport Developing club motorsport for people of all ages and backgrounds

Club Spotlight

SD34 MOTOR SPORTS GROUP North West RDO Steve Johnson explains the history behind the northern motorsports group SD34 Motorsports Group was founded in 1964 by Gavin Frew, then chairman in Longton and District Motor Club, with the aim of promoting cooperation between local clubs, marshals and competitors. The name comes from the Ordnance Survey map known as SD(34), of which all founding member clubs were within. The group grew quickly, with member clubs covering the whole of the old Lancashire from Kirkby Lonsdale in the North to Liverpool in the South, from Colne in the East, to Blackpool in the West. The group coordinated the sporting activities so that dates did not clash and mutual support with entries and event officials. Friendly completion between the clubs grew as the Group organised annual championships in most disciples of the sport.


As with most organisations by 2010, the group need to look to the future. Member clubs had changed but 16 clubs was still the maximum number at that time, this was viewed as restrictive; so the members clubs removed the maximum number! Another rule change, to accept a club could join the group if it would be of benefit. This allowed clubs not just in the old Lancashire area. The current number (2017) is 26 clubs including Mull CC and Manx Auto Sport club with over 100 competitors now registered for the group’s championships. In October 2011 the club launched Spotlight Magazine, a monthly newsletter with a readership of almost 10,000 people. The magazine has given the group and its championships great coverage and increased awareness in the group. In the last three years the group has attracted new officials and has multiple clubs wanting to join a positive Motor Sport Group that provides benefits for its

member clubs. Member clubs attend North West Country and Town shows; including Pendle Powerfest, Tatton Park Show Myerscough College, Event City Classic Car Show. Some of these also have taster events promoting grass roots motorsport. SD34 MSG clubs and marshals work together to run the North West Stages, Manx National Rally, and a host of larger club motorsport events. There are also many local SD34 championship events that cost under £30 per car to enter. Marshals are regularly out supporting on each other’s events and the clubs that put the most effort into the group clearly see the benefits of working together. Is this a formula that would work in your area?

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Go Motorsport Club Development

NORTH DEVON MOTOR CLUB Being a long-established motor club with a healthy level of membership does not mean that a club should sit back and think all is well, writes South West RDO Kevin Moore. It is essential that all clubs future-proof themselves and have a development programme in place. North Devon Motor Club have organised grass roots motorsport for over 70 years and are constantly looking at ways of introducing motorsport to new and young members whatever their interests and abilities. Through their ongoing programme the club have helped many newcomers progress in their chosen disciplines, with several going on to become successful champions (the latest of which being Dan Rooke – 2016 MSA British Rallycross Champion). The encouragement doesn’t stop at competitors, support and training is regularly given to marshals and those wishing to become event organisers and officials. The club produces its own guides providing information and guidance to those showing an interest. These are always available from club stands at promotional events and cover both the requirements and regulations relating to each of the supported motorsport disciplines.

Thanks to the foresight of the club founders many years ago, NDMC are lucky enough to own their own venue. The large grassy field is a regular host of events from club night Production Car Autotests through to championship level Autocrosses. Several years ago the club invested in the venue, adding an agricultural style building which acts as a storage facility for event equipment, as well as a concrete floor and the installation of conveniences. The facility is now an ideal base for event documentation and scrutineering, in addition to providing a great venue for social evenings and summer barbeques. NDMC has always been ‘all inclusive’ and aware of different member’s needs, with less able members assisted wherever possible to maximise their involvement within the sport and club activities. The club regularly organise events and take every opportunity for club promotion and public relations within the local community. NDMC have put on static

displays in Barnstaple town centre, receiving a large amount of interest form the local community and media coverage from the local radio and press. These displays have resulted in several new members and also allowed the club’s junior competitors to display their competition vehicles and engage with the public in a positive way. Each year the Club President chooses a local charity to support throughout the season. Apart from the obvious value of this for the charities each year, this initiative reflects well on the club and local motorsport in the eyes of the local communities. Looking to the future, NDMC are aware of the importance of supporting younger members and encourage them to take on club management roles and protect the future for the longevity of the motor club and the continued enjoyment of all involved.


GoMo Bringing newcomers to the sport

GET INVOLVED Northern Ireland RDO Jonathan MacDonald offers his advice on bringing newcomers to the sport Fair point. It’s extremely difficult to attract new people for specific roles. New competitors will tell everyone about how much they enjoyed competing and will inevitably bring their friends and family along. That gives clubs more opportunities to entice new blood and they can all be encouraged to get involved in a variety of roles at other club events.

“We need to bring new blood into our sport!” If I had a pound for every time I heard that phrase during the last eight years as a Regional Development Officer, I’d be a rich man. It sounds like it should be such an easy thing to do. Get new people involved! Who wouldn’t want to experience the thrill of motorsport? Who wouldn’t want to get closer to the trackside action or clamber into a car? But it’s easy to preach to the converted... The problem with motorsport is there are SO many different facets to the sport. It’s not like tennis or football. Even if you’re not involved in those sports, most of us know how they work. Kick a ball into the back of a net. Sorted!

existed, AutoSOLOS would be the first step of the ladder. It’s the easiest and least expensive form of the sport that people can get involved in. With simple course layouts, they are open to standard road cars which must be driven to the event. Anyone can take part in an AutoSOLO. No special equipment is necessary - if you have a car that’s taxed and MOT’d, you can do it. So when a club is trying to attract new members and they have an AutoSOLO on their agenda, there’s a better chance of enticing new people. “But we don’t need more competitors. We need marshals, organisers, hands on people.”

There are many other activities that clubs can do too: get involved with local schools and colleges, set up club stands at local shows. The numbers of new recruits will never be huge but gaining one or two is better than none. If every club in the country carried out just one promotional activity during the year where they gained one or two new members, motorsport across the UK would be healthier. Think about it: 700 clubs x 2 new recruits = 1,400 new people in UK motor sport per year. It’s not rocket science but it does require clubs to be proactive and perhaps focus a little bit on member recruitment rather than just organising whatever the next event is on the calendar. Don’t wait until it’s too late and don’t think that as a club, you are on your own. The network of Regional Development Officers are here to help. Some of us are seasoned organisers, some are seasoned marshals, some are seasoned competitors and some are a combination of all.

Motorsport, however, is a bit more complicated. You have racing in various guises with different formulas. There are sprints, hill climbs, comp safaris, autotests, rallying and more. Even ‘rallying’ encompasses so much, such as road rallies, targa rallies and stage rallies. There are categories within categories. Rallies within rallies. To the outsider, it can be confusing and difficult to understand. “What’s an AutoSOLO?” That’s a question I’ve been asked on quite a few occasions, yet it’s a form of motorsport that I think every club throughout the UK should be familiar with. In fact, I’d go as far to say that I think every club should organise at least one AutoSOLO during the year. If a motorsport discipline hierarchy


MSA Extra / July 2017

Go Motorsport Volunteers

Spotlight on... Gary Nicholls What’s your day job?

I’m an IT and Quality Assurance Manager for a printing company in Chelmsford, Essex.

What motor club do you belong to? Chelmsford Motor Club (CMC)

What role(s) do you volunteer in?

I have many varied roles, including: Secretary of the Meeting, Clerk of the Course, Timekeeper and Route Liaison Officer.

How long have you been volunteering for?

I’ve been volunteering since 1977 when I started marshalling with Chelmsford MC. I began organising stage rallies in 1981 and joined the MSA’s Rallies Committee in 1982. I stayed on the committee for six years and began organising Sprints in 1987. I’m currently a Roulte Liason Officer for Suffolk, Chairman of the Association of Eastern Motor Clubs and Results Manager on Wales Rally GB. I spent much of the 1990s organising rallies and sprints and worked as Print Room Manager on the Network Q RAC Rally. Years later I became a licensed as a speed and rally timekeeper and have most recently completed the MSA’s rally safety car training.

What or who inspired you to get into motor sport?

I moved to Chelmsford in 1987 and was invited to marshal on a stage rally by a neighbour who was a member of Chelmsford MC. From then on I was hooked and never looked back, regularly out marshalling on all the club events. I then began spectating on some of the bigger rallies in the country which made me want to get more involved.

What’s the best thing about being a motorsport volunteer?

Volunteering in motorsport gives you a great sense of achievement, you get to help people of all ages get started and compete in the sport they love.

What piece of advice would you give to a new volunteer?

Don’t spend your time just doing one thing in motorsport, there are so many different roles and you should try them all and find the ones you are most suited for.


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MSA Extra / July 2017

MSA Extra, July 2017  

The MSA newsletter for British motor sport.

MSA Extra, July 2017  

The MSA newsletter for British motor sport.