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The man behind one of the biggest controversies in motorsport history has been appointed as the new chairman of the Supercars Commission.

Australia’s Michael Massey was involved in a sporting scandal last December when he caught the safety car at the end of a crucial race in Abu Dhabi that decided his world championship.

The decision added a twist to an already impressive F1 season, and ultimately cost seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton from adding another crown to his already illustrious list of achievements.

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Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen was able to catch up to Hamilton, who otherwise might not have, and went on to win the race and the title.

Massey was sacked as race director this season from 2019 – and revealed he even received death threats over the saga – but has now found a new role with Supercars Australia.

The 44-year-old says he is looking forward to leading the sport into a “new era”, as he joins the Supercars Commission with immediate effect. The commission makes key technical and sporting decisions for Australia.

“I see this role as a continuation of the incredible work done by Neill and the Commission to usher supercars into a new era with the introduction of the Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang,” Massey said.

“I am very proud to be appointed to his role and look forward to working with key stakeholders in the sport. The future is exciting for our teams, partners, sponsors and, most importantly, our fans.”

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Massey takes over from Supercars Hall of Famer Neil Crompton, who stepped down from his role at the commission last month.

Supercars chief executive Shane Howard is confident Massey will be a “great successor” to Compton, speaking of the new South Welshman’s passion and knowledge of motorsport.

“I am delighted that the Commission has appointed Michael to this important position for the sport,” said Supercars CEO Shane Howard.

“The role of the Commission Chairman is to be an independent, strong and strong leader. They must be able to manage the commission and process effectively, communicate where a broker is needed and be a good communicator.

“Michael has worked closely and diligently with Supercars team owners, principals and stakeholders over many years and returns to Australia with a wealth of experience and leadership that will be invaluable in guiding our sport into the future.

“I’ve met very few people who have such a broad understanding of the industry combined with incredible passion. Michael will be a great successor to Neil, who has done such a fantastic job.”

“We are delighted to welcome Michael to the highest level of racing here in Australia and look forward to working closely with him in his role as Chairman of the Commission.”

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