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Michael Masi appointed to key Supercars role

Ex-Formula 1 race director Michael Masi is to make a return to the Supercars paddock after being named as the new independent Chair of the Supercars Commission.

Masi, who previosuly held the role of Deputy Race Director for the series, will take over as Chair from Neil Crompton with immediate effect.

It comes on the back of Masi’s much-publicised departure from his F1 role following the controversial end to the 2021 season.

Masi held a number of roles Down Under before being named as Race Director for the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2015 before stepping up to become Supercars Deputy Race Director a year later.

Following the death of Charlie Whiting, Masi was apponted as F1 Race Director before leaving the role earlier this year.

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

“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.”

Masi himself said he was pleased to take up the new role, with his first outing in the position coming in Auckland.

“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.”