On the weekend of 3 – 5 May, four UWA Motorsport team members worked as CAMS volunteer motorsport officials for round 4 of the V8 Supercars Championship Series at Barabagallo Raceway.
The V8 Supercars category headlined the event, while the Dunlop Series, Touring Car Masters, Saloon Cars and Formula Fords also were racing throughout the weekend.
We had the opportunity to work as pit lane officials. Some of the responsibility's included ensuring the safety of all people on the pit lane, clean up any dirt or oil spilled on pit lane, and manning the radar gun to check the speed of cars in the pit lane. We also worked as grid officials, who were tasked with lining the cars up in their correct positions for the start of each race.
Although it was a very intense event, all the team members denitely enjoyed the experience, and are planning to continue working as officials for other events at the circuit. All this was possible through our sponsorship agreement with the WA Sporting Car Club.
On the rest day of the V8 Supercars event six team members had the opportunity to have a tour of the Jack Daniels Racing and Erebus motorsport pits. They were able to see the inner workings of the V8 car of the future, and to learn a bit about the constraints they have on parts and where they are allowed to innovate. They also went to the HRT pit and met up with Alumni
Scott Sinclair, who gave them an in depth run through of Garth Tander's car. After the tour, two team members, Royce Tang and Jayden Kennedy, stayed on to be "eyes on the wall". They got the chance to talk to a few of the mechanics and Scott in a bit more depth, discussing the car and their jobs. They also had the opportunity to gain valuable hands on experience sitting in the race engineers seats and help to analyse data during the sponsor rides.
We would like to thank Nick Ryan at Nissan motorsport, David Stuart at Erebus and Scott Sinclair at HRT for providing this great opportunity.