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Outstanding Porsche Supercup Marshal Demo at Circuit of the Americas

Thank you to whomever organized the Porsche Supercup marshal demo during the United States Grand Prix Formula One weekend at the Circuit of the Americas. It was a brilliant experience, educational and very helpful to those marshals that were able to attend during the Thursday Speed/Systems Test.

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I am a huge fan of any and all training opportunities that present themselves and this was a perfect effort to display to those of us that attended how open the series (Porsche Supercup) is to answer questions marshals may have in dealing with their equipment. Though the volunteers that attended the event were mainly “corner captains” and “TSP operators” like myself, and not “recovery or track marshals” it was still great to see the car so close, without the adrenaline and time constraints of dealing with an active incident during a crash in practice or a race.

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While personally I have already witnessed a textbook recovery of a Porsche Supercup 911 GT3 during the Silverstone GP a few years back, I was actually injured when that happened, and wasn’t part of the recovery process. They did let me flag though which was nice and it was especially nice to observe how a single “hooker” and a “manitou driver” handled the situation professionally without having four or five recovery marshals running around each corner trying to balance the car. The way the system is set up, only one person on the ground can handle everything minimizing any risk of exposure to the other speeding cars on track.


 

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Silverstone Grand Prix Porsche Supercup recovery and mechanism

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Thank you Circuit of the Americas, thank you to the USGP marshal organizers (Bill Armitage) and thank you Porsche Supercup for allowing us this excellent opportunity! (and damn you Shyam for getting to recover four (4) Porsche Supercup cars at Turn 12 over two back to back incidents, I didn’t have a single incident to deal with at that turn the previous year).

British F1 Grand Prix debrief

Its not easy to volunteer major international events like the Formula One World Championship. Like many others, in order to be selected for the British GP I had to fill out forms, provide letters of recommendation, wait for a decision, etc. And when the time came to get dressed and perform at the top of my game, I fell flat on my face!

So when does a good intending marshal with an injury become a liability? I feel my presence at the British GP came close if not crossed that line. Was I useful? Not at all. Despite my best intentions, I feel I was getting in the way of other marshals doing their job, and that sort of distraction shouldn’t happen when dangerous tasks are performed at a racing circuit (especially at professional events, when there are cameras everywhere).

Am I thankful for the powers that be to allow me to remain there? Of course I am. I had come a long way to marshal in the UK, and to be asked to leave would have been devastating. But standing there cringing with excruciating pain, wasn’t a much better alternative. This experience reminds me to remember to carry a first aid kit, the one item I had left out from my luggage this time. Of course being more careful is the plan for all future racing, including ALMS and World Challenge at Lime Rock this weekend.

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