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Velocity News

Velocity News confirms editorial change

Velocity News can confirm incumbent Editor Simon Chapman will depart the company at the end of this month.


NZ Autocar Magazine and Velocity News publisher Mark Petch said in a statement: “On behalf of the many thousands of regular Velocity News readers, and the team at NZ Autocar Magazine, we wish Simon Chapman – one of the founding editor’s at Velocity News – all the very best for his future role.


“It’s a fitting tribute to the many hundreds of hours unpaid work that Simon and fellow co-founder Mathew Hansen put into Velocity News when they started out as two ‘wet behind the ears’ students pursuing their passion for all things motorsport before they earned the respect and support from their mentor and future business partner, Richard Gee."


“Velocity News is what it is today largely because of Richard Gee’s foresight, and it was Richard that could see that Velocity News needed to become commercially viable in order to grow, which led to its acquisition by Autonews limited, 18 months ago.


“Velocity News has for some time now been supplying an RSS feed to our sister website publication NZ Autocar Magazine and will continue to do so in the future under Simon’s replacement, Alex Schultz.


“Alex will take over as the Editor, who at the same time becomes the new Graphic Designer at NZ Autocar Magazines as of the 1 March 2020.
“Alex is no stranger to motorsport and in particular to club racing, competing in both the BMW Race Driver Series and the Trofeo Series in his beautifully built and superb looking Alfa Romeo 155 BTCC tribute car, a true labour of love over the last six years.


“He is also a graduate of Transportation Design, studying at the Instituto Europeo Di Design in Turin Italy, following which he worked as a designer at McLaren Automotive.

”Under Alex Schultz and the team at NZ Autocar Magazine, Velocity News will expand its contributor base, in order to continue to provide independent motorsport New Zealand and international news.


“Plans are in place to broaden coverage of Rallying, Drifting, Speedway, and of course the Karting world, where tomorrow’s champions are bred.”


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Mark Petch with his former star driver Robbie Francevic, at a recent Legends lunch at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park