The track safety marshals are an essential element within the organization of the Nürburgring Endurance Series races. In all kinds of weather, 470 volunteers from 18 groups ensure safety around the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife, race after race. At the end of January, marshal training sessions were held at the Nürburgring. A total of 350 participants took part in seminars for beginners and in an advanced training. The MVNW (Motorsport-Verband Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V.), the Nürburgring and the VLN were jointly responsible for the organization.
On 21 and 22 January as well as on 28 and 29 January, a total of 150 candidates were on site at the Nürburgring to receive training in various areas. Among other things, subjects such as Circuit Regulations and International Sporting Code, behaviour and safety at the post as well as the special features of the Nürburgring Endurance Series were covered. The practical parts included recovery exercises together with the Red Cross and fire extinguishing exercises together with the rapid response unit “E-Unit”. At the end of the day, a corresponding assessments had to be taken. The advanced training courses took place online. In addition, there were special courses for the section chiefs of the NLS. Peter Simon, Ronny Bloedorn, Manfred Ost, Carsten Setzefand, Kai Rübenhagen, Thomas Lingner, Tom Schüller and Max Kumpft acted as instructors.
“We are very pleased with the interest among so many junior staff,” says Carsten Setzefand, Head of Track Safety at NLS. “The training courses for track safety marshals are of great importance. On the one hand, this gives us the opportunity to familiarise the junior staff directly with the special features at the Nordschleife. On the other hand, the current marshals also need to be constantly trained in order to take into account current developments. We would like to thank the MVNW and the Nürburgring who organised the training courses together with our team.”