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The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) and the Russian Automobile Federation (RAF) have just completed their first training session for senior officials as preparations commence for the 2014 Formula 1™ Russian Grand Prix.

Earlier this year, CAMS signed a Heads of Agreement to assist the Russian Automobile Federation (RAF) in implementing a comprehensive officials training program.

The three-year agreement will commence in 2012 and culminate in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in 2014, and focuses on both training and event organisation consultancy.

CAMS has successfully conducted similar programs for Grands Prix in Singapore, Korea, and Bahrain.

Earlier this month, CAMS completed the first phase of its training with the Russian officials as part of the program leading up to the 2014 event.

The modules central to this first training session were:

  • Train the Trainer (focusing on teaching officials how to train future officials)
  • Communications
  • Incident management
  • Event management
  • Senior officials training

The aim of the program is for CAMS to fully equip Russian officials to ultimately organise the Grand Prix on their own, with no assistance from outside ASNs (National Sporting Authorities).

The second phase of the training will occur at the 2012 Formula 1™ Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where a group of Russian Officials will attend with CAMS Senior Trainers.

This training will be a collaboration with the ASN of the United Arab Emirates (ATCUAE), and follows the successful training program that CAMS delivered to ATCUAE in 2011.

Michael Smith, General Manager – International Training Team, CAMS says the initial training courses were an overwhelming success.

“The Russian officials are well advanced in their understanding of the sorts of principles and practices we look to teach in preparation for a Grand Prix,” said Mr Smith.

“Their work with ice racing, and some of their domestic series, has prepared them well for the program we have in place leading up to the event.

“Hosting a Grand Prix requires an extremely high level of competency in all areas of officialdom, and fortunately in Australia, we have been privileged to have had exposure to this for many years.

“We aim to help the RAF to the point that they are equipped to host a Grand Prix of a very high standard.”