Get officially close to the action

Rally fans can nab the best seat in the house at The Courier Eureka Rally by volunteering as an official.

Organisers of round one of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship event, which will take place on 3-4 March in and around Ballarat, are encouraging motor sport enthusiasts to get involved even if they have no previous motor sport officiating experience.

The Courier Eureka Rally Officials Coordinator Arron Secombe said there are some great benefits to being a volunteer official.

“As a volunteer rally official, you basically get your own private spectator point,” Secombe said.

“There are roles, such as road closure official, which do not require previous motor sport officiating experience that get you out into the forest where you can experience the sound, speed and excitement of rally.

“It can be just you and a couple of mates enjoying the rally and being out in the bush.

“It’s also a great opportunity to support these regional events that contribute so much to the local economy.”

Seacombe said all volunteer officials will receive a hat and access to the official after party where they can meet Australian and Victorian Rally Championship competitors and teams.

Camping can be accommodated in most areas of the forest for those that wish to make a weekend of it and there is also plenty of space near the Service Park, which will be at the Ballarat Airport in the historic former World War II air force barracks precinct.

Secombe said anyone interested in becoming a volunteer official should visit to register.

“Once we receive your registration, we can match you to a role that interests you and ensure you receive the appropriate training and accreditation,” Secombe said.

Any training required for specific official roles is provided free of charge, as is a CAMS Official Licence, which offers training and accreditation pathways for those that are interested in becoming a regular motor sport official.