Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Driveway -

RALLY Aus­tralia chief sport­ing or­gan­iser Adrian Stafford has won the world’s top award for mo­tor sport of­fi­cials.

The Fed­er­a­tion In­ter­na­tionale de l’Au­to­mo­bile (FIA) named him the Out­stand­ing Of­fi­cial of the Year for 2014 and the Perth iden­tity will be pre­sented with his prize at the mo­tor sport gov­ern­ing body’s an­nual func­tion in Doha on De­cem­ber 7.

Pres­i­dent of the FIA Vol­un­teers and Of­fi­cials Com­mis­sion Mümtaz Tahin­cioglu said the award recog­nised Stafford’s high level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and lead­er­ship.

A long-time rally driver, co-driver and later or­gan­iser, Stafford has worked in se­nior roles at Rally Aus­tralia for all but two events since its in­cep­tion as a round of the FIA World Rally Cham­pi­onship in Perth in 1989.

He re­joined Rally Aus­tralia as Clerk of Course in 2013 and 2014 after its move to Coffs Har­bour. He also served on other events, in­clud­ing the Aus­tralasian Sa­fari, was an FIA Ob­server and Stew­ard on WRC and FIA Asia Pa­cific events and had train­ing and ad­vi­sory roles for other in­ter­na­tional ral­lies.

He said he was de­lighted to re­ceive the award not only as recog­ni­tion of his four decades in mo­tor sport, but also as an en­dorse­ment of the world-class qual­ity of the Rally Aus­tralia sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“This award is the most amaz­ing thing to hap­pen in my mo­tor sport life,” he said.

Perth's Adrian Stafford.

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