Mark has written to ask:
Very insightful on how things were not that long ago and now today. I race at club level in UK Motorsport. What’s your view on the level of medical given at the bottom of the Motorsport ladder?
If we’re talking about the UK, you can sleep easy – one of the strong points of “lower level” racing over in your neck of the woods is the quality of circuit coverage. There are a lot of reasons for this.
Obviously the most important is how much you guys love your racing. Circuits everywhere, constant track days – people love racing a lot, and that means that there are people who love helping make racing happen. It takes a small army of people to set up and run even the smallest race weekend, and by and large, they all do it because they love it.
That love for the sport isn’t enough though. Nope, on top of that you need to be committed to excellence. And that’s what makes you guys so strong . . . even at the grassroots level. The standards, guidelines, training and certification of almost everyone with “critical” roles to play is typically British. And leads to typically British excellence.
Go ahead and ask trackside personnel the same question you asked me. You’ll be surprised to hear them tell you how bad things are. And you know what? That’s a GOOD sign. Because objectively you guys do a fantastic job at the grassroots. There’s no money, no glory, and it sure ain’t sexy. But still, EVERYBODY wants to do it better. No one is complacent.
The UK’s love of motorsport and organisational qualities made your rescue services great. That constant desire to do it better is what KEEPS them great.