Wednesday 10 May 2023

Rally - Poacher turned gamekeeper

Motorsport UK have issued a proclamation - see below. They have announced that an appointment has been made for the benefit of motor sport, particularly rallying.

This news should make us all a wee bit worried as they have actually appointed someone who knows his stuff, one Richard Crozier Esq. He has a deep knowledge of rallying combined with huge practical experience, from marshalling to international co-driving. He has also amassed a thorough knowledge of rally organisation from 12 cars to Internationals. On a personal note I reckon he knows more about the Blue Book than the folk who wrote it.

Richard has strong opinions on the sport and its future, which might be of concern to some, but on the other hand he is a good listener. If MS UK think they have a ‘Yes’ man under their wing, they’d better have the paracetemol handy. I’m sure we all wish Richard well, but let’s hope he doesn’t swap his anorak for a blazer, that’ll be a step too far, eh?

Press Announcement

Richard Crozier appointed Rallies Assistant for Scotland, Tuesday 09 May 2023

Motorsport UK has appointed Richard Crozier, an experienced Rally Co-Driver, Rally Clerk of the Course and Steward, to the role of Rallies Assistant for Scotland.

Crozier commenced his role on Tuesday 9 May 2023, and reports into Jonathan Jackson, Head of Rallies and Cross-Country, within the Sporting Department. Jackson joined the organisation in February and is the primary representative for Motorsport UK in relation to all Rally and Cross-Country matters, focusing on the strategic direction of Rallying to ensure its long-term sustainability.

Crozier will play a key role in facilitating the success of rallying in the UK, working with Jackson to support the rally community, and acting as the Motorsport UK representative for Scottish rallying matters.

Furthermore, Crozier’s role will involve assisting and developing regulations and the delivery of rally events across the country.

In May 2022, Motorsport UK and Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) announced a landmark agreement that lays the foundation for rallies and other motorsport events to continue on forestry land in Scotland through to 2030.

Under the agreement, Motorsport UK member clubs can continue to request permission to organise rally and motorsport events and practice sessions on access roads and tracks within the FLS estate. In addition, Motorsport UK will be permitted to carry out training sessions for event officials and marshals.

Within his role, Crozier will liaise with the local agencies and Forestry Liaison Officers to continue the heritage of Scottish rallying events.

Based in Kinross, Scotland, Crozier started karting in 2001 before moving to racing in 2008 for a season ahead of kick starting his rallying journey in 2009. A competitor across local and regional events, he expanded his participation into BTRDA events and was a graduate of the Motorsport UK Academy Co-Driver programme in 2015/16. He competed in the British Rally Championship from 2017-2019 and continues to be an active participant in rallying and autotests.

An active volunteer and organiser, Crozier marshals and stewards in both rally and cross country. He is Clerk of the Course of the Mull Rally and Deputy Clerk of the Course of Ulster International Rally, and has held a number of roles in other events.

On his appointment, Crozier commented: “I’m delighted to be joining the team at Motorsport UK and working in an area of motorsport I am so passionate about. Scottish rallying is steeped in great history and it’s important we capitalise on our heritage to ensure a sustainable future for the discipline in Scotland and beyond.”

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