David Richards will take over the role of MSA chairman from the 1st January 2018.
He will be responsible for overall strategy and direction of the MSA, the UK’s motorsport governing body. That will involve representing around 30,000 competitors, 750 clubs, and 10,000 volunteers and officials.
“Having started out as a competitor and more recently run my own teams in a wide variety of motorsport categories, I’m honoured to be asked, at this stage of my career, to chair the MSA,” Richards said. “I’m really looking forward to this new challenge and trust that my 50 years of experience in almost every facet of the sport can now be put to good use.”
Richards is best known as founder of Prodrive, which has found success in multiple series. Prodrive has won six WRC titles, four BTCC championships, and four Le Mans 24 hours. It also ran the BAR Honda F1 team for three years.
As MSA chairman, Richards will replace Alan Gow, who announced in February that he would be retiring from the role at the end of the year.
“I have known David, as both a friend and previous business partner, for over 25 years,” Gow said of his replacement. “I have no doubt David will take on this new role with great enthusiasm and delighted that he is my successor.”
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