The Bend appoints former tennis supremo

Supercars raced at The Bend in July this year. Pic: Walkinshaw Andretti United

The Bend Motorsport Park has appointed sports administration veteran Alistair MacDonald as its new CEO.

MacDonald brings a wealth of experience, including a multi-year tenure as both Tennis NSW boss and tournament director of the Sydney International.

Motorsport has also featured in his journey, spending a stint as general manager of the Adelaide 500.

Ironically, The Bend this year lost its general manager Mark Warren in the other direction, recruited as CEO of the revived South Australian Motorsport Board.

The Bend managing director Sam Shahin said MacDonald’s task is to drive the venue to new heights.

“The Bend Motorsport Park is moving into the next phase of the venue’s growth as a top tier Australian destination for both corporate and private clients; Alistair is eminently qualified to take on the role of leading the venue’s continued growth and development,” said Shahin.

“It is with great pleasure that I warmly welcome Alistair to the organisation, and I look forward to working with him.”

MacDonald said: “It is an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to work with Dr Sam Shahin and the team at The Bend Motorsport Park.

“I am in awe of the vision, investment, and execution to date at this world-class facility.

“I am looking forward to inviting more and more local, interstate and international visitors to a venue that all South Australian can be proud of.”

It’s not yet clear whether The Bend will appear on the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship calendar, its place having been known to be under threat.

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.