Motorsport Australia to establish Investigatory Tribunal
Sunday 25 April, 2021
Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca has confirmed a special Investigatory Tribunal will be established following the recent fatalities at Targa Tasmania.
Under Motorsport Australia’s National Competition Rules (NCR), the CEO has the authority to establish the Tribunal, which will investigate all aspects of the incidents and provide recommendations to the Motorsport Australia Board.
Garry Connelly AM, Motorsport Australia’s Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Delegate and Chair of the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS) will Chair the Tribunal. He is also a member of the World Motor Sport Council of the FIA and the former Deputy President of the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety. Connelly currently sits on the FIA Safety Research Strategy Group. He has as extensive background in rallying and is currently a Permanent Chair of the Stewards in Formula One and is a former Chair of the Australian Rally Commission. Other members will be confirmed in the coming days.
“On behalf of everyone at Motorsport Australia, we extend our condolences to the families and friends of those competitors who tragically lost their lives while competing at Targa Tasmania,” Arocca said.
“We also extend our sympathies to the wider Targa and motorsport community impacted in recent days, including our officials. This is a difficult time for the entire motorsport family and we continue to offer our support and guidance to all.
“Motorsport Australia remains in close contact with the event organisers and Tasmania Police, and is committed to working closely with other relevant government authorities as they also investigate these incidents.
“Today’s announcement of an Investigatory Tribunal will allow Motorsport Australia to look closely at all aspects of the incidents and determine a number of recommendations that will be put to the Motorsport Australia Board for consideration.
“The Tribunal will be led by Garry Connelly AM, and also include a number of key motorsport safety personnel, including competitors, team owners and medical and safety experts.”
Motorsport Australia will be unable to comment further on these incidents, as investigations continue.
The list of tribunal members will be confirmed on motorsport.org.au in the coming days.