Chris Mount recognised with prestigious Officiel d’Honneur award
Long-serving Motorsport UK official Chris Mount has been recognised with the prestigious Officiel d’Honneur award for his service to the sport for nearly half a century.
Having started out first as a trainee at Mallory Park in 1972 and then became a licenced Scrutineer in 1974, Mount progressed to become an International Scrutineer in the 90’s, then added Technical Commissioner in 2002.
He acted as the Chief Scrutineer for the BRDC between 1990 and 2002, and in a similar capacity for MSVR from 2002 through to 2016. For over 35 years, Chris also dedicated his time and expertise to the MG Car Club, between 1985 and 2020.
His decorated career includes several years as the Deputy Chief at the British Grand Prix, Chief at the BRDC Historical Festivals and a whole host of international events, including DTM, Group C, Formula 3000, British GT and the RAC Rally.
Mount has also played an instrumental role in the training and development of the next generation of scrutineers, serving as the Chair of the Scrutineer Training Group since 1998, a presenter at training seminars for over quarter of a century.
His expertise has exceeded the UK’s borders in his capacity as a Motorsport UK International Trainer, including visits overseas to other ASNs in order to help uphold best practice and benefit the motorsport community as a whole.
A well-known and respected member of the community, Mount also spent over two decades on the panel of Motorsport UK’s National Court, bringing his knowledge, experience, and expertise from the pit lane to the court room floor.
Motorsport UK is honoured to commemorate Chris’ achievements with the Officiel d’Honneur, awarded to officials retiring from active service in recognition of their contribution to the sport.
“I am honoured to accept the Officiel d’Honneur, and would like to express my sincere thanks to all those who have helped me to this point,” said Mount, on acceptance of the award.
“A special thanks to my wife Penny, and every official and entrant I have worked with over the years.”
“Chris has been an amazing servant to motorsport and in particular with the development of Scrutineering, for which we are all very thankful,” added John Ryan, Sport & Safety Director at Motorsport UK.
“He has influenced many positive changes, including recognition of experience to fast-track Scrutineers. Over the last three decades Chris delivered training to tens of thousands of officials from trainee to International grades and had a real skill to keep an audience deeply engaged, no matter the subject.”