Motorsport’s world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), has appointed SRO Motorsports Group as the promoter of the Motorsport Games, as it revealed further details behind the new event.
The FIA first announced that Rome would host the first Motorsport Games later this year in a brief statement following the latest meeting of its World Motor Sport Council in Paris last month. These plans have now been fleshed out with SRO handed the remit of developing the concept under a multi-year contract.
The Motorsport Games will be an annual event, with drivers from a variety of disciplines participating in the same venue on the same weekend under their national flag. The Games will initially feature six categories – GT, Touring Car, Formula 4, Drifting, Karting Slalom and Digital Motorsport. Each competition will award gold, silver and bronze medals, contributing to an overall medal table.
The FIA said the inaugural edition of the Motorsport Games will commence with a “spectacular opening ceremony” in Italy’s capital city on October 31, with the general public and motorsport fans being at the heart of the celebrations.
The action will then move to the racetrack, with the neighbouring Vallelunga circuit set to play host to events from November 1-3. The weekend will culminate with a closing ceremony, during which the National Sporting Authority (ASN) or National Automobile Club (ACN) of the winning country will receive the Motorsport Games trophy.
The Motorsport Games have their origins in the FIA GT Nations Cup, organised by SRO. Held in November at the Bahrain International Circuit, Team Turkey emerged victorious. SRO said it will work in partnership with the FIA as it expands the programme to encompass a variety of disciplines in future years.
The Motorsport Games will become an annual date on the international motorsport calendar, with a different city hosting the event each year. FIA president Jean Todt said: “It is something new for not only motorsport followers and future generations of competitors, but also those with a general appreciation of international sport. It is another opportunity for ASNs and ACNs to engage with new audiences and harness the patriotism within their respective nations.”
Stéphane Ratel, SRO Motorsports Group founder and chief executive, added: “I have long believed that this concept holds tremendous potential for our sport, as we saw last year with the FIA GT Nations Cup. Following the success of that event, it is very exciting to once again work with the FIA as we expand the concept to a variety of disciplines as part of a multi-year agreement.
“What’s more, I am thrilled that we will be able to launch in a city as magnificent and globally admired as Rome. We are at the start of something very significant and I know that we will work tirelessly alongside the FIA to deliver the standard of event that the FIA Motorsport Games deserves.”