The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) will rebrand itself as Motorsport Australia from January 1, 2020.
CAMS, which is the National Sporting Authority for motorsport in Australia delegated by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), made the announcement at the Bathurst 1000 race at the weekend.
CAMS president Andrew Papadopoulos said the change would mean more clarity about what the organisation does: “Anyone who may be looking to get involved in the sport will now know the first port of call will be Motorsport Australia – in line with other sporting bodies – and will not be confused about what our role is. We know from our own experiences, ‘CAMS’ or the ‘Confederation of Australian Motor Sport’, didn’t necessarily express the leading role we play to those unfamiliar with our sport.
“While other names were considered, the change to Motorsport Australia is the most obvious fit and brings us in line with what many other sports have already done, including the Australian Government’s own agency, Sport Australia.”
CAMS chief executive Eugene Arocca said: “We sought feedback from many of those already dealing with us on a regular basis and the message was clear, the change made sense but not at the expense of CAMS’ storied history.
“That history dates back many decades to 1953. We can assure everybody in the sport that this history will not be forgotten in everything we do in the future as Motorsport Australia.”
Papadopoulos said he believes the organisation’s current work with international partners will be boosted by the change. Providing training for overseas partners is a key revenue stream for the governing body. Currently, CAMS is organising two training courses for volunteers for the 2020 Formula One Vietnam Grand Prix in Hanoi, planned for November 2019 and March 2020. Revenue from this work is re-invested into grassroots motorsport in Australia
Papadopoulos said: “Our people are playing a key role in the delivery of the first ever Vietnam Grand Prix in 2020, highlighting the talented group of officials and staff we are so very proud of. With a new name, the strong reputation of Australia in global motorsport will be further enhanced.”