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FIA Volunteers Weekend to spotlight those who make motor sport possible

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Volunteers around the world will be celebrated on 25-26 May

The 2019 edition of the FIA Volunteers Weekend will be celebrated on 25-26 May, capitalising on a packed weekend of FIA competition.

Now in its third year, the FIA initiative aimed at highlighting the work of motor sport volunteers around the world has become a key event in the calendar, ensuring that the important message of thanks reaches the thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time to make motor sport possible. It is also a catalyst for encouraging new volunteers to the sport.

Eleven headline race events will lead the charge in raising awareness of the volunteers who carry out the wide variety of essential roles without which the events would simply not happen.

Throughout the weekend, the entire motor sport community – from volunteers and officials to fans, drivers and members of the media – are encouraged to join in and show their appreciation on social media. Using the hashtag #FIAVolunteersWeekend on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, people can share photos and stories of themselves in action on the day, connecting motor sport volunteers at all levels from all around the world – from club events to world championships.

“Volunteers are the unsung heroes of motor sport. Without them, quite simply, we would not be able to go racing,” said FIA President, Jean Todt. “It is important for the FIA to recognise their vital contribution, and the occasion of the FIA Volunteers Weekend shines the spotlight on their hard work and dedication to ensuring the safety and success of events the world over.

“This is also an opportunity to promote the positive benefits that volunteers gain from their involvement, and help attract new people to motor sport.”

The events that will lead the celebrations are:

  • FIA Formula One World Championship & FIA Formula 2 Championship: Monaco Grand Prix
  • FIA Formula E Championship: Berlin
  • FIA World Rallycross Championship: World RX of Great Britain
  • FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies: Rally Kazakhstan
  • FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship: 11 Rallye de Asturias Histórico
  • FIA European Rally Trophy: Arad Rally
  • FIA European Rally Championship: Rally Liepāja
  • FIA European Drag Racing Championship: Santa Pod
  • FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship & FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship: Masters Historic Festival, Brands Hatch Grand Prix
  • FIA European Truck Racing Championship: Misano

A variety of activities will take place to thank the marshals, race officials and medical staff who devote their time with no financial remuneration. 

As well as these celebrations in FIA-organised championships, digital materials and suggestions for celebrating the occasion have been distributed to the FIA’s National Sporting Authorities (ASNs) to ensure that the important message of thanks can reach as many volunteers around the world as possible.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer are advised to contact their local ASN.