Big Australian representation in FIA commission roles
Saturday 5th February, 2022 - 9:46am
A number of Australians will be part of various FIA commissions following this week’s World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) meeting.
While now former Triple Eight Race Engineering team principal Roland Dane is a high-profile election to the Touring Car Commission, he is but one of several Australians in similar roles.
The most senior of those, being those in President or Vice-President positions, are Sam Michael, Motorsport Australia President Andrew Fraser, Motorsport Australia director of motorsport and commercial operations Michael Smith, and Motorsport Australia manager of track safety David Stuart.
Michael is President of the FIA Safety Commission, Fraser is Vice-President of the Environmental and Sustainability Commission, Smith is Vice-President of the Volunteers and Officials Commission, and Stuart is Vice-President of the Circuits Commission.
Roland Dane’s daughter Jessica, who is part of Triple Eight’s current management and now owns almost a third of the business, is a member of the Women in Motor Sport Commission.
Michael, who was a technical director for the Williams Formula 1 team and a sporting director at McLaren, is also a member of the Single Seater Commission.
Australian expatriate Alan Gow, chief executive of the British Touring Car Championship and a Briton for the FIA’s purposes, was reappointed as President of the Touring Car Commission and continues as a member of the World Endurance Commission.
Members of the Sporting Commissions are elected every second year by the WMSC, while Presidents and Vice-Presidents are appointed for the same term by the WMSC on proposal of the President of the FIA.
Australian contingent on FIA Commissions
|Sam Michael||Safety Commission|
|Andrew Fraser||Environmental and Sustainability Commission|
|Michael Smith||Volunteers and Officials Commission|
|David Stuart||Circuits Commission|
|Jessica Dane||Women in Motor Sport Commission|
|Thea Jeanes-Cochrane||Esports Commission|
|Molly Taylor||Rally Commission|
|Lawrie Schmitt||GT Commission|
|Roland Dane||Touring Car Commission|
|Andrew Berryman||Historic Motor Sport Commission|
|Brett Stevens||Drag Racing Commission|
|Scott McGrath||Homologation Commission|
|Dr Matt Croxford||Medical Commission|
|Sam Michael||Single Seater Commission|
|Craig Denton||Karting Commission|
|Charlotte Hayes||Disability and Accessibility Commission|