Supercars chief executive James Warburton has announced he will stand down at the end of the season.
Warburton didn’t give a reason behind his sudden departure although there are reports he has already signed on for a new role, which will be announced on Tuesday.
“With a heavy heart, I advise the 2017 season (and year) will be my last as CEO of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship,” Warburton said in a statement.
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“It has been an honour and a privilege to work with such inspiring people within the Supercars family and to lead a sport of which I have been a fan since the age of five.
“I am truly in awe of the passion and commitment across the entire industry and the dedication to entertain our fans and am blessed to have made a host of lifelong friends from the experience.”
Warburton said he leaves his post with the sport in great health, will crowd attendance well up from when he first started four years ago.
“Supercars is by no means a one man show and the sport remains in the very best of hands. There are far too many highlights to mention and people to thank to list them individually.
“The experience, depth, expertise and skill of the current leadership group in managing Australia’s third largest sport, the biggest major events in most states each year, the best touring car Championship in the world and an incredible business is simply world class.
He will remain in charge until the season-ending race at Newcastle in November.
“In 2018, your number 1 fan will be sitting opposite pit lane, finally in shorts and a t-shirt with his family, cold beer in the hand cheering you all.”