A number of Australians will continue to have a significant impact on motorsport around the globe, following recent Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) elections.
Garry Connelly AM was re-elected to the FIA World Motorsport Council (WMSC), while Justice Walter Sofronoff also elected to the International Court of the FIA and the International Tribunal, adding to his his recent appointment to the FIA’s Anti-Doping Commission earlier this year.
Australian Automobile Association (AAA) Managing Director Michael Bradley was also re-elected to the FIA’s Mobility World Council.
Connelly’s re-election to the WMSC saw him receive the most votes of any candidate.
Connelly also remains a key part of Motorsport Australia’s governance structure, continuing in his role as Motorsport Australia’s FIA Delegate.
“I am honoured to continue to represent Motorsport Australia on the World Motor Sport Council and look forward to working on behalf of our fellow motor sport federations around the globe, for the betterment and sustainability of our sport,” Connelly said.
“There is much to be done under the new leadership of President Mohammed Ben Sulayem and his Deputy Robert Reid, and I am eager to support them wherever I can.”
Motorsport Australia President Andrew Fraser commended Connelly and Sofronoff on their respective appointments, as well as the incoming new FIA President.
“On behalf of everyone at Motorsport Australia, we congratulate FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulaymen on his election to this significant position with the world governing body, the FIA,” Fraser said.
“Mohammed has presented a strong vision for the future of the sport and we are eager to work closely with both him and his team to drive further growth in the sport at all levels.
“It’s also pleasing to see Australia’s own Garry Connelly re-elected to the World Motor Sport Council, highlighting the important work he has completed over many years in the role, as well as being Motorsport Australia’s FIA Delegate.
“Likewise, Walter’s election to the International Court of the FIA and the Tribunal also further highlights the high regard in which Australia’s motorsport representatives are held globally.
“To outgoing President Jean Todt and his Deputy Graham Stoker, we thank you both for your significant contribution to motorsport over many years through your work with the FIA. Both should be extremely proud of what they have achieved and the way they have improved our sport markedly. Their work and effort set a strong foundation for the future of motorsport in the years ahead."