Turn marshalling… we all do it, and for some newbies, it can be one of the most stressful parts of the race day. It doesn’t have to be, and in fact, marshalling is one of the best ways to learn a section of the track and to watch other racers tackle a particular section.
Part of why turn marshalling can be stressful is that no one really explains what happens before you get out there. You just follow what you see people do before you, and either you sort of get it or you feel like you’re lost out there. Well, worry no more – we have some handy tips to follow that you can read ahead of time. So whether it’s your first time marshalling or just brushing up on a few tips, use the information here to make it a more enjoyable part of your day at the track.
Corner marshalling is a requirement of RC around the world at all levels, from Club level to World Titles. You must marshal the race after yours or you will have your best time disqualified.
If you cannot marshal for any reason (health, age, injury etc) you must arrange a substitute marshal and notify the race director.
The marshalling spots are numbered – usually you stand at the number corresponding with your grid number from that race. Sometimes marshals are re-arranged (e.g. experienced racers at difficult jump areas etc).