Motorsport Games heads to Marseille for second edition

Circuit Paul Ricard hosts F1's 2019 French GP (by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has announced that the French city of Marseille, and the nearby Circuit Paul Ricard, will stage the second edition of its Motorsport Games from October 23-25.

Marseille will act as host city and Paul Ricard, home to Formula 1’s French Grand Prix since 2018, will provide the racing venue, subject to World Motor Sport Council approval. Official confirmation of the multi-disciplinary event’s 2020 location follows a successful inaugural contest, which was hosted by Rome and staged at the nearby Vallelunga Circuit on November 1-3, 2019.

In a global first, the 2019 Motorsport Games saw competitors in six racing disciplines travel to Rome to compete for gold in the colours of their national flag. Participants tackled the GT Cup, Touring Car Cup, F4 Cup, Drifting Cup, Karting Slalom Cup and Digital Cup. Team Russia topped the medal table, earning one gold and two bronze medals to be crowned the first Motorsport Games champion.

The FIA said the second edition promises to attract an even greater number of competitors, with all six disciplines returning in 2020 and further categories set to be added ahead of this year’s event at Circuit Paul Ricard.

Jean Todt, FIA president, said: “I’m delighted that following the success of the inaugural edition, the concept of the FIA Motorsport Games continues to grow as the event moves to the prestigious Circuit Paul Ricard. This is a clear indication that this unique approach to motor racing proved to be the right one and that the future is bright for the FIA Motorsport Games.

“I feel confident that the 2020 edition will continue to bring together both fans of motor sport as well as people with general appreciation of international sport. At the same time, I’m eager to see even more national federations capturing the patriotic spirit of the event and getting involved.

“By including grassroots level disciplines, they offer an accessible platform for future generations of competitors, something that is very important for us at the FIA.”