‘I wanted to watch the rac­ing and also give some­thing back’

Steve Dent has been a track mar­shal for BEMSEE for over a decade, mak­ing rac­ing safer for all

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“My grand­fa­ther used to take me to Brands Hatch when I was young, then a friend got into rac­ing and I helped him out. Af­ter he quit I missed the race scene, so in 2006 I be­came a mar­shal as I wanted to still watch the ac­tion and also give some­thing back to the sport.

“You get two days of train­ing with BEMSEE, which in­volves a day of class­room the­ory about the dos and don’ts of mar­shalling - flag­ging, pick­ing bikes up, what to do with an in­jured rider, just about ev­ery­thing. The next day the trainees join ex­pe­ri­enced mar­shals while the rookie rid­ers are on track.

“You don’t do mar­shalling for the money – mainly as you don’t get paid! You get free en­trance to the cir­cuit, break­fast and a packed lunch, £10 for fuel and that’s about it. You even have to buy your own orange suit! But the money doesn’t mat­ter as it’s a great so­cial scene. There is a free evening bar­beque at most rounds and for race fans like my­self, mar­shalling gives you the best seat in the house. But there are down­sides.

“It is never nice to deal with an in­jured rider and the Bri­tish weather can be cold, windy and wet! There is also a lot of sit­ting about, it’s not all bikes fly­ing through the air like an ac­tion movie. That said, the sun does shine, you can do as many or as few days mar­shalling as you want and you work with a bril­liant bunch of like-minded race fans. I ac­tu­ally first met my girl­friend over a bro­ken bike in a gravel trap while mar­shalling – how ro­man­tic!”

‘You don’t do it for the money – you don’t get paid!’ STEVE DENT

but It’s the best seat in the house, comes with great re­spon­si­bil­ity

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