Cadwell Park marshal Lynne Kendall has been named the FIA Best Marshal, becoming the third British winner of this prestigious international award in four years.
The FIA accolade recognises Lynne's dual roles as a Marshalling and Training Instructor and she was presented with her award at the MSA's Night of Champions. Kendall is one of a dedicated team that provides essential services to race circuits across the globe, without whom there would be no motorsport.
Mumtaz Tahincioglu, President of the FIA Volunteers and Officials Commission, said: 'Lynne's long-term involvement and leadership impressed the Awards Committee and she stood out amongst the many motivated and efficient personalities who have played a major role in motor sport or helped to improve it. She is very deserving to be recognised.'
Allan Dean-Lewis MBE, MSA Director of Training and Education, added: "The MSA has now been successful in gaining FIA Officials Awards in three out of the four years that this competition has been running, which says much about the quality of our officials in the UK and the esteem with which UK volunteers are held globally."
A delighted Kendall said: "It is all still sinking in, but I am feeling very humble but proud of my award, and take it as an honour to represent the MSA and UK, not to mention all the thousands of volunteers that make our sport what it is.
"It is only through the amazing team work and association with so many other individuals and organisations that support the volunteering and behind-the-scenes work we do, and my family support, that makes it all possible and so enjoyable.
"I'll have been marshalling for 30 years this year, starting out at Cadwell Park in Race Control, and have undertaken all sorts of duties from race phones/radios, assembly, startline, pits, trackside, training, safety car observer liaison with teams for marshal improvements and promotion. I am graded as an Examining Specialist, Post Chief and MSA Lead Trainer.
"I was selected and invited to attend Downing Street [in November] for a reception to celebrate the British Motorsport Industry - that was a special honour and I thought that was repayment for my work in deed, but the FIA award is fantastic, if not still a little unbelievable!"
To find out more about being a marshal please visit the British Motorsports Marshal’s Club's website at www.marshals.co.uk