ANDY HOLLEY IS THE FIA MARSHAL OF THE YEAR
Andy Holley (left) receiving his trophy from Lord Rooker at the Night of Champions.
BRSCC member Andy Holley has won the FIA Best Marshal of the Season Award for 2012 and collected the trophy at the prestigious MSA ‘Night of Champions’ dinner last month at the Royal Automobile Club in London.
Lord Rooker, chair of the British Motor Sport Training Trust presented Andy with his award in front of a 150-strong audience of distinguished guests, including all of the 2012 British motorsport champions.
The FIA’s Marshal of the Year award is designed to acknowledge excellence amongst the hundreds of thousands of volunteer officials and marshals who work within motorsport across the world.
A previous winner of the UK’s MSA Marshal of the Year award in 2011, Andy has undertaken all marshalling disciplines over the years and has become firmly established as a most trusted and valued Post Chief and Rescue Unit crew chief, particularly with the BRSCC North Western Centre.
The crowning achievement of Andy’s marshalling career has been to take responsibility for, and transform radically, the British Motorsport Marshals Club North Region’s training programme, in his capacity as its Regional Training Manager.
An ex-Royal Navy helicopter pilot instructor at RAF Shawbury, now working for FB Heliservices as Chief Pilot, the creation and management of an operational matrix for the training programmes that is both complex and yet simple to follow is almost second nature to him and is undertaken in a highly professional manner – a great testament to Holley’s skill and dedication.
Andy is now the National Training Officer for the British Motorsport Marshals Club, as well as being part of the MSA’s International Training Team. He has also found time in his busy schedule to join the BRSCC clerks training programme.
On receiving the award, Andy said “To be honest, I was very humbled and honoured. To receive such an award from the FIA, when there are so many worthy marshals and volunteer officials doing their thing across the world, and when the BMMC’s marshal training in the North West is very much a team effort, was very special.”