Leaders from diverse fields have been chosen to join the new SA Motor Sport Board, which will be in charge of running the revived Adelaide 500.
The previous version of the board ran the Adelaide 500 until it was disbanded and the management of the event was handed over to the government and the state’s tourism commission in 2016.
The return of a dedicated board is seen as vital in bringing back the Adelaide 500; reapplying the organisational structure of the Adelaide 500 when it was created and the Adelaide Grand Prix before it.
The SA SA Motor Sport Board includes the following: former FIA Formula 1 race director and new Supercars Commission member Michael Masi; former Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese; Adelaide Fringe deputy chair Lisa Bishop; commercial lawyer Carolyn Mitchell; Commercial & General executive chairman Jamie McClurg; Ernst and Young managing partner Mark Phelps; Hurley Group hotelier Anna Hurley; and former News Corp SA managing director Ish Davies. The board is chaired by Andrew Daniels, formerly with the Adelaide Grand Prix, returning to run the Adelaide 500 after a stint in charge of the Adelaide Oval, alongside another returnee in Mark Warren as chief executive.
“We have managed to bring together an outstanding group of people to drive motorsport in South Australia for years to come,” said South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas.
“Upon coming to government, we hit the ground running for the return of the race in December, and preparations for this year’s Adelaide 500 are now well underway.
“The Motor Sport Board is now well-equipped to lead the longer term planning required to ensure motor sport in this state thrives into the future.”
Daniels added: “I warmly welcome the eight new appointments to the SA Motor Sport Board announced by the premier today, and very much look forward to working with my board colleagues and management to build a successful Adelaide 500 this December and for years to come.
“The high calibre of talent across the corporate and public sectors will set us up for success in shaping and delivering Australia’s largest domestic motorsport event.
“All members bring notable expertise and experience to SA Motor Sport and will help us to showcase what Adelaide has to offer.
“It is a coup to have the commitment of Michael Masi to the group. He adds a depth of motorsport knowledge to the board at a time when we are setting the foundations for the future of the Adelaide 500 and motorsport in this state.
“He has been a trusted advisor for many years, and we are proud to build on our strong relationship with the Supercars Commission.”
The Valo Adelaide 500 will be held in Victoria Park between December 1 to 4 with the Dunlop Super2 Series, Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia, Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters and S5000 Tasman Series supporting the Repco Supercars Championship, while The Killers headline the event’s concert series.