Masi is revved for rally
RALLY Australia has appointed highly experienced motorsport organiser Michael Masi as general manager of the WRC round to be held in Coffs Harbour on September 8-11.
He started yesterday and will be based at the local Rally Australia headquarters in Gordon Street. His most recent role was senior manager of Motor Sport Development for the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS), handling Formula One, World Rally and V8 Supercar events in several countries.
He was on the organising team for the 2009 Repco Rally Australia in Northern NSW, helped organise the inaugural F1 Korean Grand Prix last October and V8 Supercar rounds in New Zealand since 2008.
Previous experience was gained in events held in Singapore, Shanghai, Bahrain and around Australia.
Rally Australia acting chairman Ben Rainsford said Masi would lead an experienced staff and volunteer force staging the first World Rally Championship event on the Coffs Coast.
“Michael has returned after working on the award-winning grand prix in Korea where his efforts were highly regarded,” he said. “His task is to pull together sporting and commercial elements of what will be one of Australia’s biggest and most exciting motor sport events.
Mr Masi said he was looking forward to engaging with local and State governments and the Coffs Coast business and resident communities as soon as possible.
“The FIA World Rally Championship will bring a massive international focus and I’m pleased the region is looking forward so enthusiastically,” he commented.