A recruitment drive by the British Motorsport Marshals Club has seen more than 700 people put forward their names to become motor sport marshals in the UK.

The recruitment drive, which has seen a group of volunteers known as 'Team Wilson' set up camp in the paddock at each Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting held so far this season, has attracted 743 prospective volunteers to date - with 217 people adding their name to the list at Oulton Park alone.

The initiative started last season with Martyn Bell supporting the BMMC during his debut season in the series and has now expanded with the Club being given its own space within the paddock to hand out leaflets and talk to the public about what it takes to become a marshal.

"The BTCC cares tremendously about the need to attract new volunteers into our sport, at all levels," series director Alan Gow admitted. "Without them, motor sport events simply would not happen.

"We are proud to both assist the sport and to encourage Team Wilson/BMMC by continuing to allow them to use our resources and popularity. Certainly, the BTCC paddock is a hive of activity among the public during race day and I'm delighted by the excellent response that this recruitment drive has already attracted.

"Thanks must also go to the individual circuits who have very generously offered the access and the prominent positioning of sites which is required to bolster Team Wilson's and the BMMC's efforts.

"I'm confident that the recruitment drive will go from strength to strength during the second half of the BTCC season - and with marshals having the 'best seat in the house' there is no better way for a motor sport enthusiast to become more closely involved with his or her sport."