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Wednesday, May 29, 2024


MICHAEL Masi is back.

The ex-Formula 1 race director’s next step has this morning been confirmed, replacing Neil Crompton as independent chair of the Supercars Commission effective immediately.

Having cut his teeth in Australian motorsport, including as Super2 race director and Supercars deputy race director, Masi was appointed by the FIA as F1 stalwart Charlie Whiting’s right-hand man in 2018.

With Whiting’s death on the eve of the 2019 opening round at Albert Park, Masi was elevated to the top job – a position he held for three seasons, ending with the controversial 2021 F1 world championship decider at Abu Dhabi.

The FIA announced in July that he had left the organisation to return to Australia, and it last month became clear that he was in line for the Supercars Commission position after Crompton was forced out.

Now official, Masi becomes the fourth permanent Commission chair, following Mark Skaife, Steve Horne and Crompton.

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Supercars CEO Shane Howard, who had served in an interim capacity at the August Commission meeting, gave a glowing endorsement of Masi.

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

Masi voiced his excitement around returning to Supercars as it prepares to usher in the Gen3 era.

“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,” he 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.”

Under the ownership of RACE, all 11 teams are represented on the Commission, which makes recommendations to Supercars’ board.

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