Well. it's almost here, the first race weekend of the season. Saturday, May 7 is all day test&tune, with Sunday May 8 being round one of the series. To make the events go smoothly and safely we need at least 3 people on each corner for practice and 4 per corner on race day. The more people we have to clear incidents and keep the track clear, the better the day goes. We will also be needing people to work pre-grid and a variety of other positions.
Experience is always wonderful, but not necessary. I hope to have enough of our old crew so we can put a newbie with an experienced worker. That's the on the job training thing. For the ones who attended the last clinic, it's a chance to put your new skills to the test, in real life.
We start gathering the corner marshalls at 7:30am for the practice day, a little earlier on race day. I hop eto have some passes made up for the workers intending on being at both events this weekend. Otherwise, just pay the $10 at the gate on Sun and I will re-imburse you at day's end. The club provides water and snacks as well as lunch on both days. What we need you to bring is a hat, sunscreen (let's cross our fingers on that one), a whistle, leather palmed gloves, earplugs and perhaps a chair. Please remember not to wear any red or yellow clothing. I need you to wear long pants (no shorts) and shoes (no sandals). Things that come off crashing motorcycles are HOT! We don't want to have any marshalls become casualties.
That brings up another point. You need to look after your OWN safety first. That means you are always on your feet while bikes are on track. If a bike is coming towards you, quick action is necessary. It means always looking up track at bikes coming towards you, even if it means walking backwards to see to a rider, or grab a bit of debris on the track. Never turn your back on traffic. We are a family out there and need to look after one another. What we do is a ton of fun, but still involves an element of risk.
Please come out and see what makes marshalling so addictive. Remember, without you, not one of those racers turns a wheel. You make it possible for them to race, and they know and appreciate it.