Russian GP organisation announces executive appointment 20 March, 2014 Richard Cregan with Bernie Ecclestone The organisers of Russia’s first Formula One race, to be staged this October in Sochi, have announced a change of executive personnel. Sergey Vorobyev will become Acting Director of the department organising the race, OJSC Center Omega, effectively replacing Oleg Zabara. A statement from the race promoter said that Zabara would now work on other projects after doing an ‘excellent’ job. Vorobyev was previously Zabara’s deputy and is a previous Commercial Director for the project, which will see a race take place around the newly-constructed Olympic Park in the Russian Black Sea resort. Construction work on permanent pit and paddock facilities is ongoing. The change was announced as Richard Cregan, the former manager of the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, settles into his new role as an international consultant for the Russian Grand Prix organisation. Cregan said: “Oleg did a very good job in building a team of professionals and establishing good reputation of the project. It is important to note that Sergey Vorobyev has been involved in the organisation of the Russian Grand Prix for several years. “He cooperates with Formula One Management, he is very involved in the details of work processes, and he is aquainted with major figures of the automotive industry and the world of motorsport. “The team and the administration support him, so, there is comprehensive succession of the project management and there is no doubt that he will be successful.” The first Russian Grand Prix, a largely government funded project, is scheduled for 12th October. (SportsPro) Subbed by AJN.