Australian Roger Chirnside will receive one of the highest officiating honours when he accepts the prestigious FIA Outstanding Official of the Year Award for 2017.
To be presented at the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony in Paris, Chirnside was selected from an array of international officials for the award.
“I feel very proud and a little bit humble to be thought of, to be able to receive this award, and with it a great degree of excitement as well,” Chirnside said.
“I believe it's probably a fulfilment of everything I've done.
“Although one doesn't be a volunteer with any thoughts of recognition, I'm enormously proud that I belong to, first of all, CAMS, and to the fact that I'm Australian.”
Chirnside, who was Chief Marshal at the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, has remarkably officiated at every Australian Grand Prix since the race became part of the Formula One World Championship in 1985.
“The thrill of actually seeing those cars, rather than seeing them on television, was something I will never forget,” Chirnside said of his first F1® experience.
“The Grand Prix is the icing on the cake, but every little meeting there is still the same thrill of being part of that and seeing people out there who are enjoying the thrill of it all.”
Feeling humbled to receive the award, Chirnside thanked some important people who have supported him throughout his journey.
“I couldn’t possibly thank anyone enough but my wife, who’s been enormously supportive over the 51 odd years,” Chirnside said.
“And all the people who have shown me the ropes, right across the board – people from CAMS, a few very dear friends who are no longer with us, and just everybody who goes to be part of the big family.
“I’m just a guy that happened to be lucky enough – fortunate enough – to be awarded with this amazing honour.”
Chirnside joins fellow CAMS officials Dr Brent May, Belinda Taylor, Adrian Stafford, Ewan Cole, Dr Rik Hagen, Steve Chopping and Dr Michelle Gatton as recipients of FIA officials awards.