MotorSport New Zealand’s President, Wayne Christie, has been elected onto the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council.
The FIA World Motor Sport Council is responsible for all aspects of motorsport internationally, meeting at least four times a year, to make decisions including safety and regulations for every level of the sport.
Christie has served as the president of Motorsport New Zealand since 2016 and also has experience serving on the FIA Rally Commission.
The Kiwi was one of 37 representatives vying for one of the 14 available spots on the World Motor Sport Council, his previous experience with the FIA and long-standing relationship with Motorsport New Zealand helped his bid for a position on the council.
“It’s a great honour to have been elected to sit at the World Motor Sport Council table and be part of this new era for the FIA under the presidency of Mohammed ben Sulayem,” Christie said.
“New Zealand has for many years been involved in the higher echelons of the FIA and it is a real privilege to be able to follow in the footsteps of the late Ron Frost and Morrie Chandler, who has provided me with great mentorship and advice over the past few years.”
Christie also makes reference to the poignant timing, cementing the strength of New Zealand Motorsport following the impressive results of an economic impact study. New Zealand motorsports influence will now be strong globally too.
Christie also spoke about the decision, cementing New Zealand in a strong place in international motorsport.
“It is a terrific outcome for motorsport, especially as MotorSport New Zealand moves into its 75th year with a round of the World Rally Championship, and will provide us with new opportunities to move the sport forward.”