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Vic Maharaj, well-known race engineer, racing team manager and F1 commentator, has joined the Motorsport South Africa executive team.

Maharaj takes up the position of Sporting Services Manager at MSA and will assume overall responsibility for all matters relating to the various forms of motorsport that fall under the jurisdiction of Motorsport South Africa (MSA).

“MSA is very excited to have secured the services of someone with such a deep knowledge of racing, engineering and all the aspects that play a role in the sport,” says Adrian Scholtz, CEO of MSA. “We believe that Vic’s local and international motorsport experience will help us develop all forms of this sport to the benefit of all competitors.”

Maharaj is perhaps best known as an anchor commentator for SuperSport’s Formula 1 broadcasts, a role that he has fulfilled for 15 racing seasons, starting in 2003. While this is certainly one of his biggest passions, he has spent most of his career as a race engineer and team manager for various track teams.

Prior to joining Supersport in studio on racing weekends, Maharaj was stationed in Germany, where he worked as a race engineer on the F3 and Formula 3000 series with team PSM Racingline. From here he travelled across the globe as the series travelled on the same schedule as the Formula 1.

Maharaj started his career in 1992 as an engineer with De Beers, but his love for motoring and motorsport saw him join BMW South Africa in 1994 as technical consultant. While this role had him focus primarily on race vehicle preparation, he soon developed a love for team management as well and for the next 12 years he regularly moved between the roles of race engineer and team manager.

Following his return from Germany, Maharaj started Vic Maharaj Engineering Services, which later evolved into VMP Motorsport and then VM Innovations. Here he and his team were responsible for the design, prototyping, building and maintenance of vehicles such as Audi’s winning 3.2 Quattro Class A Production Car and later BMW’s dominant Global Touring Car (GTC) 3 Series racing cars.

In his most recent position as head of VM Innovations, Maharaj also took the reins at the Sasol GTC Racing Team as team manager, while he served as a technical director for the GTC series.

“MSA is custodian of many different racing formulas, from two wheels to four and from track to off-road and rally races. One thing that unites all of these formulas is our shared passion for the sport of motor racing, and I hope to foster that passion, while ensuring free and fair competition and the professional management of all racing codes,” says Maharaj.

Maharaj officially started in his new position on 1 November 2019 and will be stationed at Motorsport South Africa’s Head Office in Roodepoort.