South Reston woman is UK’s best marshall

Lynne Kendall,42, from South Reston has become the only UK recipient of an FIA special award, given to only seven people across the world each year. Here she is pictured with her trophy next to British Touring Car racer Colin Turkington. EMN-150202-174532001
Lynne Kendall,42, from South Reston has become the only UK recipient of an FIA special award, given to only seven people across the world each year. Here she is pictured with her trophy next to British Touring Car racer Colin Turkington. EMN-150202-174532001

A South Reston woman has rode roughshod over the competition to be the only person in the UK to receive an FIA accolade in the motorsport world.

Lynne Kendall, 42, was given the FIA (Fédération Internationale de I’Automobile) Best Marshall Award at the MSA’s (Motor Sports Association) Night of Champions at the Royal Automobile Club in London on January 24.

The FIA is the worldwide motoring body of motorsport and only seven awards are presented by them to individuals across the world and Lynne was the only British person to be recognised.

Lynne said: “It’s all still sinking in but I am feeling very humble, but rightly proud of my award. I take it as an honour to represent the MSA and UK, not to mention all the volunteers that makes our sport what it is.”

The FIA accolade recognises Lynne’s dual roles as a marshalling and training instructor. Mumtaz Tahincioglu, president of the FIA Volunteers and Officials Commission, added: “Lynne’s long-term involvement and leadership impressed the awards committee. She stood out among the many motivated personalities who have played a major role in motor sport or help to improve it.”

A mum of two and working in Louth full time as a centre manager for Sense Specialist College, Lynne has volunteered as a marshall for 30 years, spending countless hours during evenings and weekends, dedicating her life to motorsport.

Lynne began her marshalling career at her beloved home track, Cadwell Park, her favourite track to this day, but during her years she has marshalled for car events at Silverstone for F1 and also for the British Touring Cars.

She can opt for the circuits and events that fit in with her home and work life, but Lynne said she prioritises marshalling at Cadwell.

“Cadwell will always have a special place in my heart, it’s where I began marshalling and why I got my buzz for motorsport from.

“I must also thank MSA director Allan Dean-Lewis and the British Motorsport Marshalls Club for all their support.”

To find out more visit: www.marshals.co.uk.