The Australian motorsport scene has lost a respected figure overnight, with Winton Motor Raceway boss Mick Ronke passing away at the age of 66.
Ronke was synonymous with the Victorian circuit where he served as its chief executive and was instrumental in the circuit enjoying its longtime position on the V8 Supercars calendar.
Ronke’s association with the circuit stemmed from his father, who was one of the circuit’s first construction workers when it was built 52 years ago. At the age of 18, Ronke joined the circuit’s payroll and never worked any where else.
“He’s been a big part of racing at Winton for many, many years and he was both big in stature and big in heart,” V8 Supercars team owner Dick Johnson said in tribute.
“He turned Winton around to be financially viable and for a country racetrack that’s a big deal. It’s a big loss to motor racing in general.”
The RichardsF1.com team extended its condolences to the Ronke family.
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