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Coinciding with the inaugural FIA Volunteers Day, the Motor Sports Association (MSA) has launched a new monthly prize draw for marshals in recognition of their invaluable contribution to UK motorsport, with exclusive prizes on offer courtesy of drivers, teams, events, championships and more.

Each month at least one person – often more – will be picked at random from the MSA’s database of registered marshals. They will each win a special prize and receive a signed certificate of recognition from Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, on behalf of the governing body.

The first prizes, for May, are two Tour de Corse programmes signed by four-times FIA World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier, kindly provided by M-Sport. The two lucky winners are:

Richard Drake
Hailing from Leeds, Richard has been marshalling for 15 years and is a regular on the Grizedale Stages, along with his brothers. They marshal on the event so regularly that they have a corner named after them: Drakes Corner.

David Mann
David, from Bungay, has been involved in motorsport for over 40 years as a volunteer and more than 30 as a competitor. David is a member of the Sporting Car Club of Norfolk and can be found at events all over the country.

Rob Jones said: “It gives us great pleasure to launch this new prize draw in recognition of UK marshals on FIA Volunteers Day. It cannot be said often enough that without marshals there would be no motorsport; the wider motorsport community has a collective duty to show its appreciation for all that they do, and this new initiative is our latest way of saying ‘thank you’.”

This year the MSA has also sent over 8,000 registered marshals a welcome pack comprising an MSA-branded tabard, flask, whistle, hand warmer, pens and a ‘thank you’ card.

Throughout FIA Volunteers Day, the entire motorsport community is encouraged to show its appreciation on social media using the #FIAVolunteersDay hashtag.

Jean Todt, FIA President, said: “This is an opportunity to embrace the day as an occasion to thank all volunteers who support our events at all levels. It will also promote the positive benefits that they gain from their involvement in motorsport, and help attract new people to get involved.”

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