Masters strengthens race officials’ team

Masters Historic Racing has announced two new appointments to its race officials’ team in advance of its season opener at Oulton Park on March 17th.Bernard Cottrell will act as Masters Historic Racing’s Race Director, while Robert Ellis joins as Technical Adviser working with Technical Commissioner Stuart Vincent.Cottrell, who is also Chairman of the British Racing & Sports Car Club and Race Director for the prestigious British F3 and GT Championships, has been a senior race official for many years. A former marshal, Bernard moved into the role of Clerk of the Course initially for the BRSCC at Brands Hatch before serving as permanent Race Director for Superleague, Lamborghini Super Trofeo, F3/GT and Caterham Motorsport.Said Cottrell: “I am delighted to be joining the Masters team for 2012. I grew up watching some of these cars and to be involved in running races for them decades later is a great thrill. Running pit stop, two-driver races fits in nicely with my other duties in British GT and I can’t wait for the season to start and to build a relationship with a new group of competitors.”Robert Ellis is the former Competitions Secretary of the Vintage Sports-Car Club and had a spell at Rockingham in its early days and is currently a Historic Consultant for the MSA. With his wealth of knowledge of period cars and specifications, he will be able to advise on a car’s historical validity and work with the technical team to ensure regulations are adhered to.“Historic racing is an important area in which to ensure correct technical regulations,” says Ellis. “I don’t intend to be a scrutineer, but I will be looking for things on a technical basis to ensure that the cars are being prepared and raced as they are intended to be. I don’t want there to be a fear culture of the technical team, but we are determined that no-one has an unfair advantage.”These appointments take place with immediate effect, ready for the opening Masters Historic Racing event at Oulton Park, Cheshire, on March 17th.