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15/5/16 Ernie Hastie Memorial

What a fantastic weekend of racing at Collie Motorplex for the Ernie Hastie Memorial event. Firstly a massive thank you to every official who came out this weekend. After a big V8 weekend where most people were officiating for three days straight, to turn up for Collie was greatly appreciated by the promoter and organiser.

There was some awesome racing put on by all classes. HQ Racing WA, WA Excel Cup with a bonus Ryan Humfrey turned it up on Saturday, where they had fantastic weather, and the racing was really enjoyable as it always is.

Formula Ford had a couple of events with practice and qualifying yesterday then some very fast racing happening today. Watching the timing screen today saw Calan Williams lower the lap record by just under 1 second before the rain started playing havoc.

An absolutely amazing field for Formula Vees with over 20 cars on track and a great show put on by all.

Saloon Cars got to play during the rain logged day today and it was entertaining as always. Congratulations go to Grant Johnson taking out the Ernie Hastie trophy for the second year in a row.

Well done to the competitors of the regularity and super sprint events. Hopefully the rain stays away from whenever super sprints are next offered.

I think Anna did a fantastic job getting this event organised and I’m sure she was on a steep learning curve all weekend. Well done to her putting up with us in race control with our never ending requests for paperwork!

Last but not least, a massive thank you to every official and competitor who continues to make the trip to Collie and support the track. Without you all, these awesome events wouldn’t happen.

Until next time.

Dani Meyn

2016 V8 Supercars

Another V8 weekend done and dusted. A massive thank you to the whole flaggy team for their hard work and dedication for the whole weekend. The weather was extremely trying on Friday and Saturday (pretty sure our guest flag marshal from Victoria brought the wonderful Victorian weather with her) but today’s fine weather brought with it some trying incidents as well.

To those heading south next weekend with a state championship round in Collie, I will see you there.

To those heading to Albany or to the next state championship round at Barbagallo, have a wonderful break.

Dani

17/4/16 Autumn Classic

What a great 2 days of racing put on by all involved. Saturday saw hot and sunny weather put on for WA Historic Touring Car Club, Formula Vee Western Australia, Formula Classic WA, Formula 1000 and 2 regularity groups. We managed to stay relatively incident free until one regularity group unfortunately hit a flag point and the other regularity group decided to hit each other. Keeping things interesting!

Sunday saw the complete opposite with weather, with cool temperatures and a very wet track at times. That certainly kept the incidents rolling through all classes from memory, with some very entertaining drives from WAGT/WA Sports Sedan & Sports Car Association Inc, Saloon Car Racing WA, Improved Production Racing Association of WA, HQ Racing WA, WA Excel Cup and Formula Ford.

As always, great work done by the officials. There were some very trying times throughout both days and you all pulled it off in your wonderfully professional way, which makes the days work so much better. Well done, all!

Now it is time to rest up and prepare for the V8s. Less than 3 weeks to go!

CAMS Young Officials 2016

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An Exhilarating V8 Super Car Experience Awaits!

If motor sport ignites a spark in you, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) Young Officials program is a great pathway for people aged 16-25 to get involved in all the speed, thrills and excitement of the track! Come along and be guided around the venue and see behind the scenes of a National Event.

There are many different roles for officials, so no matter what you’re interested in – from scrutineering vehicles and timekeeping, to flag-waving, administration and everything in between – there will be a role to suit you. This year, Young Officials will again be a big part of the V8 Supercars at Barbagallo Raceway from 6-8 May, so why not get involved? A free weekend pass will be given to each Young Official taking part in the programme!

This year for the first time, we are opening the program up to the parents of Young Officials as well, if they would also like to learn about becoming a motorsport official.

How to get involved:

To be part of CAMS Young Officials 2016, you need to be available for a briefing on the evening of Thursday 28 April at the CAMS office in Joondanna. The Young Officials Program itself will run at Barbagallo Raceway on the Saturday of the V8s (7 May). Places are strictly limited as there is a maximum number we can accommodate.

To apply for the Young Officials program, please send an email to wasop@outlook.com with the details below.

Name:
Date of Birth:
Phone:
Address:

Registrations close Monday 25 April.

If you have any queries please contact Doug Bell or Tracey Rowley via the email address above.

We look forward to seeing you at the track!

Kind regards
Doug Bell
Chair, CAMS WA State Officiating Panel

3/4/16 Northam Flying 50

Thank you to all WFMA members who came out to Northam for the Flying 50.

It turned out to be quite a warm day in the sun and we had good fields of
cars. From what I saw when walking around the circuit, spectator numbers
were good and they all seemed to be having a good time.

Our only notable incident was a major oil spill on the track about six
events from the end that nearly brought the day’s proceedings to a halt. The
amount of oil that was spread over the track was more than the kitty litter
available could cope with. Thanks to the Northam Volunteer Fire and Rescue
for chipping in with their own supplies – it meant that the oil spill that
continued from before turn 1 to after turn 3 could all be cleaned up and the
track made safe again for the final events of the day.

After every event, we always ask ourselves the questions of “How did we do?”
and “What can we do better next time?” I have a couple of suggestions myself
which I’ll be passing on but I’m sure the Committee would love to hear any
feedback from those of you who went. But on the whole, our members
represented WFMA very well as usual, in whatever role they were performing,
from waving flags, to temporary track marshals, to race control,
start/finish line and more. We are very lucky to have such a diverse group
of people with skills in so many areas. Thank you all for making my job so
easy on the day.

For those that didn’t make it there this year, why not put your hand up for
the 2017 event! It’s a great day out and the temporary street circuit is a
different environment to what we’re used to. – Doug Bell

28/3/16 Super Karts

Well the weather was perfect and once teething problems were sorted out we were left with a great day of racing. The drivers obviously liked it as they keep coming out until the sun went down. Several minor incidents kept everyone on their toes, finding new ways to test the crew. We had just enough people to cover the entire track so I hope to have the same or more attend next time. – Aaron

WASCC registration

WFMA flaggies, for those who sent their WASCC registration form in before my email sent during the week, please look in your letterbox over the next few days. My 2016 passes and parking sticker have arrived. For those who sent in their form after my email, passes can be picked up at the Officials Function on 17 February. Those flaggies unable to attend the function, I will follow up with WASCC as to when your passes will be available next week. – Dani

2015 AGM / Committee / Constitution / Calendar

Greetings all!

A massive thank you to all WFMA members for attending the AGM or sending through their proxy vote paperwork. We had a fantastic turn out! With it being very much business-like and a lot less social than our usual AGMs, the Committee will be putting together a social event so keep an eye out for information to follow later.

The WFMA 2016 Committee is:
President: Dani Meyn
Vice President: Peter Morley
Secretary: Aaron York
Treasurer: Stephen Pole
Committee members: Kim Outtrim, Tyler Morley, Robert Pole

The new Constitution with minor changes was accepted by more than a two-thirds majority of those members in attendance. All financial members (this now includes our Young Officials), will receive notification when the paperwork has been accepted by the Department of Commerce.

The calendar is up on Facebook (and our website) with a document to be released once Super Karts provide their dates. Keep an eye out for WFMA training, we will endeavour to have two sessions before the V8s roll into town, with a further two training sessions to be held later in the year, plus a session in Collie.

If there are any questions or ideas, please don’t hesitate getting in touch with one of the Committee members. All contact details and committee meeting dates can be found under the Join/Contact Us tab and if you haven’t already, please prepare your 2016 membership form (available to download) before the next event you attend.

Catch you all soon!

Aaron York
Secretary

21/11/15 & 29/11/15 weekends

The last two weekends have seen the circuit event season come to an end. With only one sprint event left with just a few lucky officials taking part in next weekend’s speed event, most are signing off for the year. Last weekend saw the WASCC Enduro Race Meeting at Barbagallo Raceway and I think the showcase event was the Wanneroo 100. Showing off the new 2016 partners in crime, HQ Racing WA and WA Excel Cup, it made for some great racing. Hopefully signs of things to come for 2016. Well done also go to the drivers from Saloon Car Racing WA, Improved Production Racing Association of WA and Street Car Racing Western Australia (I’m sure I’ve forgotten someone, sorry!) for their W200 and W300 events!

This weekend saw the weekend open with a WA Drift practice. A huge shout out to the flaggies who showed up after a last minute call up. It was great to watch from the sidelines as you all arrived to offer support to not only WA Drift but also one of our own flaggy members.

Saturday saw a group head down for Super Karts WA event at Collie Motorplex. Thanks for those who travelled down for the day, especially when you all turned around and headed to…

Vintage Stampede put on by Vintage Sports Car Club of WA today. I want to thank each and every person, official, volunteer and driver, for making my first Clerk of Course stint an absolute pleasure. While we finished late, the feeling from all competitors was that it was a fantastically run event and they all were stoked with how it all came together. That comes down to all the officials and volunteers working the event so you should all be extremely proud of a job well done.

To everyone I won’t see between now and the end of the year, have a great break, a great Christmas and a great New Year. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, enjoy the holidays that come with it. We as a group (not just as flaggies but the whole group of officials and volunteers) have had a fantastic 2015 and here’s to an even bigger and better 2016!

– Dani

24/10/15 Shannon’s Summer Race Meeting

A big well done and pat on the back to all officials and volunteers who worked at Shannon’s Summer Race Meeting this weekend at Barbagallo Raceway. The drivers certainly threw some curve balls (and tyre) our way but you were all up for the challenge. It’s always fantastic being a part of such a wonderful group of people. I pretty much say that every event but, working within different teams across my 15 years of officiating, working with my WA family of officials is always a pleasure.

Formula Fords, Formula Classic and F1000s had some seriously fast pace again, which made for some great racing. It was fantastic to see so many F1000s out yesterday. I hope the class continues to strengthen into 2016.

As always, Improved Production Racing Association of WA and WA Excel Cup put on a fantastic show and I hope Tim and Glen are okay. Hopefully see you all down in Collie on 8th November for your end of season sheep station battle.

Formula Vee Western Australia, what can I say? The racing was amazing all weekend. Close racing throughout the entire class and edge of your seat stuff between the lead four cars.

HQ Racing WA, you all certainly keep things entertaining on circuit and are very much a welcome sight at the end of the day. I’m sure I’m not the only one who looks forward to the end of day BBQ. A big thank you for giving up your time to feed the hungry hordes, service is always with a smile.

Last but certainly not least, WA Historic Touring Car Club. Another of the WA clubs who have gone above and beyond supporting us flaggies. Thank you to the drivers who have participated in the lunchtime meet and greets during the season, it has been great putting face to name and car and getting to know you all. Another thank you for Sunday’s breakfast, it went down an absolute treat. It is always a pleasure watching your races and this weekend was no different.

Circuit racing season is slowly drawing to an end with only two events left for the year. Will hopefully see everyone in Collie in a couple of weeks or at the enduro nightmasters a fortnight after that.

Dani