masi takes on first motorsport role since f1 departure

Ex-Formula 1 Race Director Michael Masi has landed his first job following his departure from the FIA earlier this year.

Masi has been appointed as the Chair of the Supercars Commission, effective immediately.

The Supercars Championship is an Australian-based category, allowing Masi to work once again in his home country.

Masi held the role of F1 Race Director for three years, but vacated the position following the controversial end to last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Masi was heavily criticised for how he handled the late-race Safety Car restart, with Max Verstappen going on to overtake Lewis Hamilton, winning his maiden F1 title in the process.

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The FIA confirmed earlier this year that he had left the organisation entirely.

Masi, who previously worked in the Supercars Championship as a Deputy Race Director, takes over the role in the Supercars Commission from Neil Crompton.

I view this role as continuing the amazing work already done by Neil and the Commission to lead Supercars into a brand new era with the introduction of the Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang,” Masi said.

“I’m very proud to have been appointed to this role and look forward to working with the key stakeholders in the sport to ensure the future is an exciting one for our teams, partners, sponsors and most importantly the fans.”

The Gen3 era of the Supercars Championship will commence next year, with the iconic Holden brand retired and effectively replaced by Chevrolet Camaros.

“I am delighted the Commission has appointed Michael to this important position for the sport,” said Supercars CEO Shane Howard.

“The role of Commission Chair needs to be an independent, strong and robust leader. They need to effectively manage the Commission and its process, broker compromise where required and be a good communicator.

“Michael has worked closely and industriously with Supercars team owners, principals and stakeholders for many years and returns to Australia with vast experience and leadership which will be invaluable in guiding our sport into the future.

“I have met very few people with such an extensive understanding of the industry combined with an amazing passion. Michael will be a great successor to Neil who did such an outstanding job.

“We welcome Michael back to the pinnacle of racing here in Australia and look forward to working closely with him in his role as Chair of the Commission.”

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