Tim Schenken holding his farewell present from the Supercars community: a Stonie cartoon of him holding a glass of red wine... Pic: Motorsport Australia

VETERAN motorsport official and former top racer Tim Schenken will retire from the role of Repco Supercars Championship race director at the end of the 2021 season.

Schenken, who has held the role since 1987, will continue to work with MA and the FIA in various roles including as FIA Platinum track inspector and the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Chairman of the Organising Committee and Clerk of the Course.

“Having thought about this decision and having discussed it with those near and dear to me, I came to the conclusion that it was time to call it a day,” Schenken said.

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“It’s been a privilege to have been involved in the Supercars Championship for so long and to have worked with so many wonderful people during this time.

“There are so many great memories I will cherish and I expect to miss not being in Race Control at each event.

“I will of course remain available to the Race Control team, should they wish to chat or debrief, as I do with many officials across the globe.

“Given I still have a senior role with the FIA and also with Motorsport Australia, I look forward to working on various projects in the years ahead, as well as mentoring the next generation of officials.”

James Taylor, who had filled in for Schenken at times during the COVID interruptions, will step into the Race Director role on a permanent basis in 2022.

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