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The Motorsport Safety Fund has decided to wind up its operations and hand its training resources over to the UK motorsport’s governing body, the MSA.

The organisation’s remaining funds will be transferred to the British Motor Sport Training Trust once the winding up process is complete.

Fund chairman, Dr Ian Roberts, said: “The Fund has made a major contribution to motorsport safety in the 45 years since it was established, following the death of Roger Williamson during the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.

“However, recent developments in training and motorsport technology have led us to conclude that, if we continued, we would end up attempting to duplicate the activities of national and international organisations that have greater resources and access to technical expertise.”

Those developments include:
> The creation of the FIA’s Global Institute for Motorsport Safety.
> The appointment of Safety and Technical Executives at the MSA.
> The developing role of the British Motor Sports Training Trust.

In its early years, much of the Motorsport Safety Fund’s activity was confined to making grants to support motorsport training initiatives – a role which the Training Trust now fulfills.

In the late 1990s, the fund became more pro-active, producing and publishing a range of training materials, aimed at Marshals, Rescue crews, medical staff, organisers and competitors.

It also inaugurated the annual Watkins Lecture, named after the late Formula One Safety & Medical Delegate, Professor Sid Watkins.

Dr Roberts said: “We are proud of what we have achieved and are very grateful to all the organisations and individuals who have supported us over the years.

“However, we have to face the fact that resolving safety issues posed by modern motorsport technologies requires knowledge, research and resources beyond a small charity’s capabilities.

“The same is true of the latest e-learning technologies, which is where we see safety training going in the future,” he added.

The Trust’s final event will be the 2018 Watkins Lecture, which Prodrive and MSA chairman elect David Richards will deliver at the Autosport International Show, at the NEC in Birmingham on Friday 12 January. For further information about the Lecture, please visit the Motorsport Safety Fund website: https://www.motorsportsafetyfund.com/watkins-lecture-2018.html.

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