Australian businessman, Former Supercars team owner and major sponsor, Paul Little, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, the company that operates the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, which is hosted in Melbourne.
Little will succeed John Harnden, who will relinquish the Grand Prix role after becoming chief executive of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, on 16 September.
Well-known in Australian motorsport as the previous owner and sponsor of V8 Supercars team Toll HSV Dealer, Little has also been involved in the Australian Football League (AFL) as the chair of Essendon Football Club between 2013 and 2015 and is currently the chairman of state tourism body, Visit Victoria, a role he will relinquish to join the AGPC.
Premier Daniel Andrews said: “Paul Little is a proud Victorian and well placed to steer the future direction of the Grand Prix Corporation.
“I’m delighted that Mr Little has agreed to take on this important role – as we saw under his stewardship of Visit Victoria his drive and experience will help ensure that the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix remains one of the great events anywhere in the world.”
The Australian Grand Prix is one of the world’s iconic sporting events with more than 324,000 people attending the four-day carnival this year.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation chair Paul Little said: “I am looking forward to helping shape the best motor racing events in the world – events that project the success and energy of Melbourne and Victoria around the globe.”
In July, Formula 1 executives announced that the sport would take up a two-year option to extend Melbourne’s race contract until 2025.
Melbourne will again be the first event on the F1 calendar in 2020, with race day confirmed for Sunday, March 15.