Guess it was bound to happen, sadly my injury came early Friday morning, before the start of BGP. I twisted my foot and the weekend was ruined. Went to the Medical Centre twice, as the pain became excruciating. But I made the best of it. Luckily the IO allowed me to flag instead of working incident response as I was required to, it was interesting.
Definitely have some unfinished business in the UK.
“We would like to invite you to attend this year’s Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix in the capacity of Course/Incident Marshal” says the letter from the MSA – Motor Sport Association.
So far the application process for British GP has been one of the most interesting ones I’ve taken part in. First you fill out a form to submit your candidacy. Then they publish a list of nominee’s that is made available to the public. After a decision is made who’s in and who’s out, they send the invitation letters to which I’m to respond with my acceptance. Seems very British 🙂
But I’m looking forward to this event for sure. (especially if I can piggy back Le Mans onto the trip) This will be my first event in the UK, and first event at Silverstone.
With all the bitching and moaning about how terribly the marshals are treated by the organizers at the British Grand Prix on the ten-tenths forum, I put my name forward to be considered. In the application process I ticked off both flag and track disciplines, and put forward both my SCCA membership and that I am part of the Singapore GP team. In fact Singapore GP is the one that provided the recommendation letter as is often accustomed to be considered for such an event.
So what happened?
British GP organizers, the MSA (Motor Sports Association United Kingdom) released the names of the nominations in PDF format on their web site: http://www.msaevents.co.uk/bgpmarshals.php where I appear to be the only SCCA member to be listed as a nominee. Cool! Furthermore, it seems I’ve been assigned the incident/course role nomination which is the second of the two options that I ticked, since they’re often short on flag marshals I was hoping for that role; but it wasn’t meant to be.
According to the latest bitching and moaning on the forum there appears to be an abundance of track marshals and still a shortage of flag personnel. So it will be interesting to see if I get selected or not after all. Maybe powers that be dismiss my application altogether after reading this rant, though I was truly hoping to be a flag marshal at BGP especially if I could make a trip to Europe to do Le Mans and F1 back to back.
The decision will be made in late January.