Ex-F1 race director Masi linked with second new role in motorsport

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Masi is set to become the new chairman of the Supercars Commission, marking a return to the category where he cut his teeth before joining the FIA.

He will replace outgoing chairman Neil Crompton, who reportedly lost his post due to key figures wanting to onboard Masi.

Supercars is believed to have sought team approval for Masi’s nomination during the Sandown SuperSprint weekend.

However, it has now emerged that it’s not just the Supercars role that Masi has been set up for.

Based on discussions in the Supercars paddock at Sandown, Autosport understands it has also been nominated for the recently reinstated South Australian Motorsport Board.

The SA Motorsport Board has been reinstated as part of the newly elected state government’s commitment to bring back street racing to Adelaide, which will wrap up the 2022 Supercar season.

The board, which controlled the Adelaide 500, was shut down by the government in 2015 and the event was taken over by the South Australian Tourism Commission.

Michael Masi, FIA

Photo by: Erik Junius

He has now been reformed to lead the Adelaide 500 again, with the only formal SAMB appointments so far being chairman Andrew Daniels and chief executive Mark Warren.

The Adelaide 500 will take place from December 1-4.

Masi, originally from Australia, made a name for himself as an administrator of Supercars, serving as assistant race director at Motorsport Australia before joining the FIA ​​in 2018 as assistant to the F1 race director. , Charlie Whiting.

He was later thrust into the role of race director due to the tragic death of Whiting ahead of the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.

He held the job until the end of last season before being ousted as part of the fallout from the Abu Dhabi controversy in 2021.

Masi said he received death threats and felt like “the most hated man in the world” after the season finale, but said it was a “pleasure and an honor” to work for the FIA ​​afterwards. having officially left the organization in February.

He was replaced as race director by Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas, who currently share the role.

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