|Mitsubishi, Ford, Hyundai and Subaru will each offer invitations to a test session or a pre-event shakedown, to get behind the scenes of a World Rally Championship team. All rally marshals joining the Register by 30 September 2002 will go into the draw.
MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton said: "I am delighted that the British-based manufacturers are supporting this initiative. They clearly share our conviction that rallying, like every branch of motor sport, cannot exist without a core of experienced, well-trained volunteer marshals. The factory teams and drivers represent the very pinnacle of the sport, so it is good to see them helping the governing body secure the grass roots upon which British rallying is based."
Colin Hilton also confirmed that funding for the training scheme was now in place, with the help of a substantial grant from the British Motor Sports Training Trust (an independent registered charity). The remainder of the costs will be met by the MSA itself.
The marshals` training evenings (listed separately) arise directly from the report of the Rally Safety Study Group and form a major part of the MSA‘s plans to prevent future incidents placing rally spectators at risk.