For many people, becoming a motorsport volunteer, as a marshal or an official, is a great way of getting close to the action without being in the driver’s seat.
Volunteer officials are a vital part of motorsport at every level and without them, the sport could not function.
Officials ensure that events are conducted safely, fairly and that the rules and regulations are upheld. Every motorsport event requires a number of officials with various skills to perform a wide range of tasks. Events such as the New Zealand round of the Supercars Championship need over 1,000 officials, whereas a club-level motorkhana or hillclimb need only a few.
Motorsport volunteers will tell you of the many benefits they enjoy through their involvement with the sport, such as:
- Friendship and comradery
- Learning new skills
- Enjoying new opportunities and experiences
- Satisfaction of contributing to a sport they love
- Potential for personal and professional growth and development
This page contains lots of helpful information on motorsport volunteers and how to start your volunteer journey.
MOTORSPORT NEW ZEALAND OFFICIALS
Volunteer Official Roles
All motorsport events require a mixture of different volunteer official roles. Some common roles include: Steward, Clerk of the Course, CRO, Scrutineer, Flag Marshal, Recovery Crew, Grid Marshal, Timing Crew, Block Marshal and many more.
You can see the full list of motorsport volunteer official roles and what they entail on the Volunteer Officials Roles page.
Just like competitors, MotorSport New Zealand issues licences to volunteer officials to recognise their contribution and involvement in the sport.
All volunteer officials are eligible to sign up for a FREE MotorSport New Zealand volunteer officials licence. This licence recognises your volunteer official role and entitles you to take advantage of MotorSport New Zealand’s member benefits such as discounted Fuel, Insurance, Accommodation and Ferry travel.
There are two licence pathways for volunteer officials:
MotorSport Specialist Register: The MotorSport Specialist Register (MSR) is a licence for general volunteer officials such as flag marshals, recovery crew, block marshals and more.
If you are a volunteer and want to sign up for an MSR, please complete the online form.
Licenced Officials: This licence is for qualified officials. These licences recognise Stewards, Clerks of the Course, CROs, Technical Officers and Scrutineers.
If you’re interested in becoming a qualified official, please check out the training page.
MotorSport New Zealand provides a number of high-quality training courses and programs to educate and qualify officials. The training programs ensure officials have the correct knowledge and skillsets required to perform their role.
All information about training and upgrading your licence can be found the Officials Training page.
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