Dear Competitors and Marshalls

Now that the dust has settled on Lampeter and District Motor Club’s Rali Bro Caron, I was interested in what Competitor’s and Marshall’s opinions were on the implementation of the “stop astride” rule, together with an additional 100 metre pre-warning board.

Did the rule achieve what it set out to do?

Was Marshall’s safety improved?

Are there improvements or changes that could be added the rule?

Was it a complete disaster or waste of time?

I would be grateful to receive all your comments, preferably by email.

Dorian Evans

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The Wording in the Bro Caron regs was as follows:

There is increasing concern at the driving behaviour of some competitors at manned controls. Arriving at a control at high speed with locked brakes can put the marshal at great risk. If the competing car also has headlight main beam and spot lights illuminated, this increases the risk as it impairs the vision of the marshal. Therefore Competitors are required to come to a complete stop adjacent to the control board at the beginning of the control area, and then approach the marshal with dipped lights. Competitors may only leave the marshal’s location when the marshal is clear of the car.

Driving Standards Observers and / or Judges of Fact may be present at some controls to ensure compliance with this requirement.  A few, but not all, marshals at certain controls will also be designated as Judges of Fact and Driving Standards Observers.

The penalty for not complying will be 1 minute per offence.“

As a Club we hope to be able to organise a Rally Time Trial in 2016, and as such we need to be helping other clubs on the marshalling side, so that we can maybe get help ourselves in the future.

Part of the recommendations from the 2014 Scottish Motorsport Safety Review is the requirement for Rally Marshals and Trainee Marshals to register with the MSA, and to undertake mandatory basic training.

Club members that want to register will need to apply as Trainee Marshals unless they are already experienced. If this is the case they will need to submit a CV of their experience along with their application form so that it can be reviewed by the MSA.

A Club Official will need to endorse a member’s application prior to them being sent in.

The application form for marshal registration can be downloaded here:

2015 Marsall's Registration Form

The details of the Rally & Cross Country Marshals Grading Scheme can be found here:

Rally & Cross Country Marshals Grading Scheme

Club members can also get the form emailed to them by contacting the Club Chief Marshall, Dorian Evans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marshalls are required for the forthcoming Dixies Historic Challenge at the Epynt Ranges on the 3rd of May 2015.

As a Club we hope to be able to put on our own Stage event or similar in the future, and as such we need to be helping other clubs on the marshalling side, so that we can maybe get help ourselves in the future.

Details of the event can be found here

Any Lampeter and District Motor Club member wanting to come along to marshal, can you please contact Dorian Evans using the details below, using the email subject DIXIES CHALLENGE MARSHALL

The event's chief marshal Carl Hamer can be contacted on 07779 043 565, or by email:

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Regards,

Dorian Evans

LDMC Chief Marshall

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