Motor racing is exciting and demanding. Both driver and marshal get great satisfaction from being able to play their part. The difference between the driver and the marshal is that the driver is an individual and the marshal can only play their role as a member of a TEAM.
Flagmarshals are the main form of communication between drivers on the track and the officials running the event. They do this by displaying coloured flags trackside. By use of the correct flag signals, the flagmarshal can keep the driver informed of the state of the circuit, the occurrence and importance of any incident around the track, the presence of extraneous or slow vehicles on the track and the proximity of the other competing cars. The flags system can be used to control the flow of the event or in fact, stop the event. It is a vital function and one which takes full concentration to carry out with the accuracy and judgement required.
The benefits of being a flagmarshal:
The pre-requisites for a competent flagmarshal are: Enthusiasm, Concentration, Reliability, Dedication and Common sense as well as a good team spirit.
Because motorsport can be dangerous and as you are the most important person on the flag point, your first training day is designed to inform you of your responsibilities as a flagmarshal and to let you feel what it’s like to be close to the action. If you are not comfortable, it’s just a matter to talk to the senior on the flag point and they can arrange to have the Chief Flagmarshal come around and have a chat.
We understand that you may decide that you are more suited to one of the other groups of motor racing volunteers and that’s ok.