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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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Planning my next trip to Europe

I’ll be setting my foot on the ground in Frankfurt for the second time in two months next week when I do another round-the-world trip for the Korean GP. However my next proper visit to Europe will be a bit longer than a three hour connection. My goal is to marshal the 24 hours of LeMans for the first time, the pinnacle of sports car racing followed by another stint marshalling Formula 1 at the historic Silverstone circuit in the United Kingdom.

I’ve met people both in the US and overseas that have done these events in tandem and they come highly recommended. But there’s also a stark warning that its not so easy to participate as the selection criteria is pretty strict, so unless you know someone you’re not getting in.

Naturally, I’m starting my planning way early to make sure I do in fact spend a few weeks in Europe next June, doing what I love: marshalling trackside at some of the most amazing events in the automotive world.

Fingers crossed.