Tuesday | 25 Nov 2014

FIA honours Rally Australia official

Long-serving Rally Australia organiser Adrian Stafford has been honoured by the FIA with one of motorsport’s top awards.

Stafford has been named 2014’s Outstanding Official of the Year and will receive his award at the FIA’s prize-giving gala in Doha on 7 December.

He has worked in senior roles for all but two events since its inception as a round of the FIA World Rally Championship in 1989. He has been clerk of the course of the Coffs Harbour-based rally for the last two seasons.

“This award is the most amazing thing to happen in my motor sport life,” he said.

“The enjoyment and satisfaction that come from taking part as a motor sport official needs to be experienced to fully appreciate. This comes not just from our fellow officials, but also from seeing the enjoyment and respect of the competitors and teams taking part.”

Rally Australia chairman Ben Rainsford said Stafford had been an exceptional leader of almost 1500 officials at the rally.

“Adrian’s professionalism, experience and leadership achieved an outstanding 2014 Coates Hire Rally Australia, which was widely praised by WRC competitors, international officials and spectators and positioned us strongly for future annual events,” he said.

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