Over 40 marshals gave up their free time on Saturday for a days training focused on closed road rallies.
The morning covered consideration of the differences that apply to closed road events compared to other forest or single venue rallies, the theory of working with spectators, managing conflict, and dealing with fires. We were joined by Sean Owen from Police Scotland who gave a fascinating insight into his role as a roads policing officer and forensic road traffic collision investigator. Sean is also a competitive rally driver so brought his knowledge and experience of motorsport into the mix too.
Three parallel sessions ran in the afternoon - where everyone got the chance to put out a car fire, talk to a rally car driver and see around the car, and get a demonstration of the equipment on a Motorsport Rescue Unit, including practical experience of using the extrication equipment.
Dan Wright, chair of the Jim Clark Rally Organising Team, provided insight into some of the developments planned for the event and former Touring Car champ and current President of the Scottish Association of Motor Sports Clubs, John Cleland, stopped by to thank everyone for their commitment and enthusiasm. Without marshals there would be no motorsport!
Feedback from all delegates was very positive and it’s really encouraging to see so much excitement about closed road rallying returning to Scotland.
SMMC is very grateful to the Scottish Association of Motor Sport Clubs, the British Motor Sports Training Trust and Motorsport UK for their support in running the training - and thanks to Craig Fisher for providing the facilities, Rupert Hine for the fire rig, Tim Finch for bringing the rally car and Jon Bolton from the SMMC Motorsport Rescue team.
ps - the answer to the headline question is that if you're driving at 60mph, you're travelling at 27 metres per second... which is one of the reasons for the Motorsport UK requirement of radio operators being 30m or more from a junction.