AUSSIE OFFICIALS PLAY PIVOTAL ROLE IN WORLD'S FIRST F1 NIGHT RACE Officials from the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) will play a pivotal role in the world's first-ever Formula 1 night race on the streets of Singapore this ...
AUSSIE OFFICIALS PLAY PIVOTAL ROLE IN WORLD'S FIRST F1 NIGHT RACE
Officials from the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) will play a pivotal role in the world's first-ever Formula 1 night race on the streets of Singapore this weekend.
The inaugural Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix will be staged on a brand new street circuit and CAMS has been at the centre of race organisation and planning, helping overcome the many challenges of a temporary street venue, a country's first F1 event and the first ever round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship to be staged at night.
A team of 49 CAMS Accredited Volunteer Officials will be on the ground in Singapore this weekend, serving in roles such as Clerk of Course, Chief Fire Marshall, Chief Scrutineer and Course Car Driver to name a few.
CAMS Motorsport Manager and former F1 driver Tim Schenken will act as Clerk of Course for the event, having served in that same position numerous times for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.
CAMS has been engaged as the official race organisation consultants for Singapore's inaugural F1 event, with the training and planning process beginning as far back as January this year.
Since then, officials from the Singapore GP have visited Australia to meet with CAMS, including attending the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide in February.
Once the official contingent of volunteers was selected, training has gone full steam ahead both in Australia and Singapore, with face-to-face training in both countries in preparation for the inaugural event, which provides the challenges of an inaugural event, a temporary street circuit and the world's first F1 night race all in one.
Due to the outstanding work of CAMS officials in the past, at events such as the past 24 Australian F1 events as well as major domestic events such as the Clipsal 500, Gold Coast Indy and Bathurst 1000, CAMS has been engaged as race organisation consultants for the Bahraini and Malaysian F1 events in their formative stages, and is now undertaking the same process in Singapore.
This event provides a truly unique scenario for officials and race organisers, as the challenges of a temporary street course facility combine with variables of a night race -- the first in the history of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship -- and the possibility of inclement weather.
35 Post Chiefs from CAMS will be positioned around the circuit, operating specially designed display panels that will replace flags during track activities staged at night under lights, each Australian Post Chief working with their Singaporean colleagues over the weekend to alert drivers of track conditions and share their valuable motorsport officiating knowledge.
"This project presents a whole host of unique challenges and it's a credit to all involved that the training and organisational process has gone so smoothly," said CAMS CEO Graham Fountain.
"CAMS Accredited Volunteer Officials from all around Australia have been involved in training and workshops all year and this weekend in the culmination of all their hard work.
"It is obviously a very exciting weekend for our friends in the Singaporean motorsport community and I trust that the involvement of CAMS in this historic event will help make the Singapore Grand Prix one of the very best events on the F1 calendar, much like our own Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne."