Ex-Holden Motorsport boss joins Australian GT

Former Holden Motorsport boss Simon McNamara has joined the Australian GT Championship as the new commercial manager.

McNamara left Holden earlier this year, shortly after the launch of the all-new Red Bull Holden Racing Team.

He’ll now start a new job with immediate effect, joining Australian GT Sportscar Group Pty Ltd as Commercial Director.

“I’ve north of 15 or 20 years motorsport-related activities in my role at Holden; it’s lots of learning that we can bring to Australian GT as we go forward,” said McNamara

“Australian GT is in a really nice shape for marquee brands, and is really well run.

“The future of what GT3 and GT4 represents, the marquee brands that are associated with it now and going forward, and what we can do with those guys to develop sales for them and their partners, it’s exciting to be a part of it.”

Series manager Ken Collier said that McNamara will bring ‘out of the box’ thinking to Australian GT.

“Simon is not only well credentialed, and very enthusiastic, but also highly experienced in the establishment of commercial partnerships and thinking outside of the box,” said Collier.

“We must make sure that we are providing the competitors, their sponsors and our commercial partners with opportunities to promote their brands.

“This will allow us to build Australian GT racing and expand the fan base through direct and media interaction.

“We also want to review our calendar of racing, find new racing opportunities, have increased manufacturer involvement and integrate GT4, so there is a lot of work to do this year.”

Australian GT has also confirmed that Michael Rasmussen will join as Technical Manager.