FIA appoints Andrew Wheatley as rally director

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Andrew Wheatley has been named as the FIA’s new rally director, following the departure of Yves Matton in December 2021.

Previously holding the position of WRC category manager after joining the FIA in 2019, Wheatley has a long history at the sport’s top level having worked at M-Sport for 20 years, taking on the role of business development manager there in 2005.

“We have ushered in a great deal of technological change in the past 12 months across the rally spectrum including the introduction of hybrid powertrains and fossil-free fuels at the highest levels,” said Wheatley on his appointment.

“Our task going forward is to consolidate this and then bring that same level of focus to strengthen the base of the rally pyramid to ensure that we safeguard the future of the sport. The future of automotive technology is evolving so quickly we must ensure we keep pace with that change for the benefit of all of stakeholders, engage member clubs through a regional focus and help to develop the stars of tomorrow.”

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