The Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body of world motor sport, has appointed Australian GT manager Ken Collier as a member of the GT Commission.
The FIA GT Commission oversees GT racing globally, reporting to the FIA World Motorsport Council, and is responsible for the worldwide stewardship of the rapidly growing category.
Under the management of Mr Collier and category owner Tony Quinn, Australian GT has been the world’s fastest growing GT category in recent seasons.
From the single Australian GT Championship in 2015, the category now boasts three competitions and for 2017 will receive top billing for the majority of its 13-event, 14-race schedule, which kicks off in Adelaide in early March.
Mr Collier’s appointment to the FIA GT Commission comes after being nominated for the role by CAMS General Manager of Motor Sport, Michael Smith.
“To say I am honoured is an understatement and I am very grateful that CAMS have nominated me to the FIA,” said Mr Collier, who will join the FIA GT Commission alongside other global GT category administrations and stake holders.
“I have been involved in motor sport for 20 years in various capacities including voluntary administration with the VORRA, as a national off-road competitor, five years as a volunteer administrator with Carrera Cup and Cup Challenge and now as Championship Manager of Australian GT since 2012.
“This appointment to the FIA GT Commission is certainly a great responsibility which I will thrive on. It is another voluntary role but one that I will thoroughly enjoy.
“The FIA have various commissions which all work with the World Motor Sport Council to continually improve motor sport in general,” Mr Collier added.
“I will represent the Australian GT competitors in the FIA’s global organisation and at the same time learn everything I can from both the FIA and other GT Commission members and bring the ideas back to CAMS and Australian GT.”
About FIA GT Commission
The FIA GT Commission is headed by president Chistian Schacht and is charged with overseeing GT racing internationally, reporting to the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
The GT Commission has overseen the homologation of ten new GT3 specification cars, with a total of fourteen homologated models and more than 1200 cars competing globally, the largest single category under the FIA umbrella.