Twelve marshals who help out at Rallye Sunseeker 2012, the opening round of the MSA British Rally Championship, will receive places at the world-renowned Bill Gwynne Rallyschool as part of a new partnership announced ahead of this year's running of the Bournemouth-based rally.
Eager to reward the volunteer marshals who are an integral part of the event, the organisers of Rallye Sunseeker and the team at the Rallyschool came together to come up with this idea, which will see draws take place at each of the venues used by the rally, to pick twelve lucky volunteers to have a day at the school.
The Bill Gwynne Rallyschool has been in operation since 1982, helping the careers of many international successful drivers including Toshi Arai and Mohammed Bin Sulayem. Run by five times British Rally Champion Bill Gwynne, the school has instructors including former Rallye Sunseeker competitor Paul Gwynne, former British and World Production champion Martin Rowe, Nick Pollitt and Peter Bennett.
Commenting on the rewards, Bill Gwynne said: “I am delighted to offer the twelve places to Rallye Sunseeker, because it's easy to forget that those who come and marshal are all volunteers. Rallye Sunseeker has been an important event in British rallying for many years now, and Southern Car Club have continually pushed the event upwards to where it is now as the opening round in the MSA British Rally Championship, no mean feat I can tell you. The event is a favourite with competitors, spectators and service crews so it was a natural thing to be involved”
Event Director Rick Smith added: “it's great news that my old friend Bill has come on board with this offer to the volunteers. He is so well known throughout the world, he has had drivers from thirty countries attend his school, and he and his team have taught drivers everywhere, that this can only add prestige to the event.”