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New Motorsport Australia CEO named

MOTORSPORT Australia has announced businessman Sunil Vohra as its new CEO.

With long-time incumbent Eugene Arocca having decided to retire at year’s end, Motorsport Australia’s successor search has led them to Vohra, who brings decades of experience in the finance/insurance/business sectors.

Born in Melbourne, Vohra is also a motorsport enthusiast and has competed himself, most recently in his Porsche 997.2 Cup car at state level.

“I am very proud to be joining Motorsport Australia and look forward to working closely with the board, the wonderful staff and our many stakeholders to build on those relationships and meet the many people that help make this sport so great,” Vohra said.

“This opportunity to be part of an organisation that plays such a vital role in the Australian sporting landscape is one that I am excited and honoured to take on.

“I am eager to utilise my experience, insights and strategic ideas as part of the Motorsport Australia team, to lead an exciting new era in the organisation’s history.

“Motorsport is a lifelong passion of mine. I fondly remember my early motorsport experiences like watching the TWR Jaguar win Bathurst in 1985, through to more recently standing on the grid at 5am at the iconic Mount Panorama for the start of the Bathurst 12 Hour earlier this year.

Sunil Vohra. Pic: Supplied

“The sport is full of passionate people. I’ve been fortunate to enjoy the camaraderie of the grassroots motorsport community as a competitor in state level racing and I look forward to meeting more of the vast network of motorsport stakeholders in the months ahead.

“We all share a love of the sport and a commitment to see it grow. It’s a treat to be part of it.”

Motorsport Australia president Andrew Fraser spoke with pride at the quality of applicants for the position and welcomed Vohra aboard.

“Sunil has an extensive history in commercial and risk management settings, with his expertise developed across both complex ASX enterprises as well as not-for-profit organisations,” said Fraser.

“We were looking for someone with strong leadership credentials, a proven record of achievement and execution and Sunil brings that alongside a passion for our sport.

“His experience in leading digital transformation, and in insurance, risk and governance will also greatly benefit Motorsport Australia as an organisation, as well as the sport more broadly.

“His knowledge and networks within motorsport, insurance and risk will also be key to his, and our, success.

“Throughout the recruitment process, Sunil stood out.

“Both the selection committee and the board are confident that he will bring energy, fresh ideas and his significant industry networks to the table, benefitting all our stakeholders, and most certainly our competitors, clubs and officials.”

Arocca will exit after 11 years in the role.

“It’s fair to say Motorsport Australia has come a long way in that time and Eugene has been the driving force in the organisation’s positive transformation over many years,” Fraser added.

“Together with the board and administration, we look forward to showing our gratitude for Eugene’s efforts as we celebrate his legacy in the weeks ahead and then look forward to the next chapter in Motorsport Australia’s mission to serve our sport and the members who rely on us to deliver motorsport across Australia.”

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