NZ volunteers win second V8 Supercars award

Event Director Tim Schenken (CAMS) with Clerk of Course Craig Finlayson in Race Control at the ITM 500 at Pukekohe. Photo: Geoff Ridder

 

A group of New Zealand motorsport volunteers has been named the V8 Supercars’ Volunteer Group of the Year for the second consecutive time, in recognition of its work at the ITM 500 Auckland.

The Motorsport Club was formed six years ago as a joint initiative between the NZIGP and Historic Racing Club, to enable better volunteer management and support. Founding member Debbie Day says everyone was “stoked” with the award.

“It’s amazing how a little recognition can go such a long way. We had over five hundred people at this year’s ITM 500 doing everything from flag bearing to manning the gates; it’s nice for them to be rewarded for their hard work,” says Debbie.

The award also helps to raise awareness of volunteers in motorsport, something Debbie says is key to getting more people involved.

“It’s important people realise that without volunteers, motorsport events wouldn’t happen,” she says. “The ITM 500 is good for us, because it’s a high-profile event that attracts people to volunteering, which in turn leads to them getting involved at smaller events.”  

 

Becoming a volunteer

Queenstown-based Clarke Hotton, who also competes in local Auto X competitions with the Queenstown Car Club, flew to Auckland specifically to help the Motorsport Club at the ITM 500. 

Clark says he got into volunteering 15 years ago, after “falling into it”.

“A company I was working for was asked to help with the timing at Race to the Sky, and I put my hand up. I ended up doing it for six more years!” he says.

“I’ve always been a bit of a motorsport fan and volunteering is a great way to be involved. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing – you get the best seats in the house, because you’re so close to the action.

“It’s hard work though. You’re often the first to arrive and the last to leave, but it’s good fun and a nice way to meet like-minded people as well.”

With plenty of volunteering experience under his belt, Clarke now spends most of his time at events working at the heart of the action – race control.

Anyone keen on getting involved with the Motorsport Club can email Debbie at: deb@themotorsportclub.com.

 
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