Four well known media commentators and journalists have accepted invitations to become BMMC Brand Ambassadors in recognition for their support for our hard working 2,400+ volunteers.
Former British Touring Car Championship driver turned ITV4 commentator, Paul O’Neill, now part of a dynamic presentation trio alongside Steve Rider and Tim Harvey is the first of the fab four to be unveiled.
Paul currently spearheads the delivery of the channel’s BTCC social media strategy on race weekends and his support for marshals recently led to a deluge of request for taster days from potential new members.
Paul said: “It is an honour and a great privilege to be asked to become a Brand Ambassador for the BMMC. I see first-hand through ITV4’s great coverage of the BTCC and its support races how hard the girls and boys of the British Motorsports Marshals’ Club work.”
Joining him is John Hindhaugh, commentator, broadcaster and the voice of the Radio Le Mans and IMSA radio and can also be heard on motorsport commentary on ITV, Motors TV, Mobil 1 The Grid, XM Satellite Radio and the video game Need For Speed: Pro Street.
John said: “I’m delighted to have been invited to become a BMMC Brand Ambassador, we all value the thousands of hours the guys and girls put in week after week to help us enjoy our racing.”
Next up is Mark Werrell who is one of the UK’s top motorsport commentators, providing informative, energetic & enthusiastic commentary at most major racing circuits & venues throughout the UK.
Mark first started his involvement in motorsport as a volunteer marshal at his local circuit Cadwell Park during the 1980’s. As a member of the British Motorsport Marshals’ Club (BMMC) he progressed through the grading scheme from Trainee, Course, Fire & Flag Marshal to the grade Incident Officer.
He recently raced for GMP Developments at the Silverstone C1 24hr event and is the main TV commentator for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series as well as providing circuit commentary for the likes of the British GT/British F3 Championship, BTCC, DTM, Blancpain Endurance Series and many other key events.
Mark said: “As somebody that started my motorsport career as a BMMC Marshal, I always have and continue to remain passionate about British marshals, the BMMC and the vital role that all volunteers play in Motorsport UK recognised events, whether it be karting, rallying, speed events or circuit racing.
“I’m delighted and honoured to become a Brand Ambassador for the BMMC and relish the opportunity to represent and promote the club and also work with its members and my fellow Brand Ambassadors.”
Completing the line-up is Chris Hartley who has been a motorsport commentator for over twenty years now – having first been persuaded by an old racing pal to pick up the mic at Little Rissington, back when he was still competing in karts.
For the past few years he’s been privileged to be part of David Addison’s commentary team for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and the BTCC’s lead circuit commentator taking over from the great Ian Titchmarsh, and his production company – Chris Hartley Media – produce and edit motorsport programmes for championships like the Fun Cup, Britcar and TCR UK.
Chris said: “Quite simply, without marshals, the rest of us wouldn’t be able to have all of the fun we have watching and being involved in racing. They give up their own time and considerable expertise to be the eyes and ears of the officials and competitors – keeping everyone safe and events running smoothly. And they do it with a smile on their faces.
“Come rain or shine, you can always rely on the marshals to be there. But with more and more race meetings and only a finite number of volunteers, we need to support our existing marshals and get more people involved. I’m therefore delighted to have been asked to support the excellent work of the BMMC.”
BMMC National Chair Nadine Lewis said: “The help and support we receive as a club in recognising the hard work of our BMMC members form all four of these guys is very much appreciated and we hope that by inviting them to become Brand Ambassadors they now feel part of our very special Orange Family.”