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Todt re-elected as FIA president

Jean Todt has today (Friday) been re-elected as president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) after standing unopposed for the top position at motorsport’s world governing body.

Last month, the FIA confirmed that the 71-year-old Frenchman would not face any competition as he sought a third and final term as president, with current FIA statutes limiting officials to a maximum of three terms in office. Todt will remain in office until the end of 2021.

Upon re-election at the FIA’s general assembly, Todt cited innovation, advocacy and the development of a strong network of mobility and sport clubs as three main focus areas for his coming term.

During his first two terms at the helm of the FIA, Todt focused on a wide range of subjects such as road safety and sustainable mobility, which has now become a key area of endeavour for both the FIA and its member clubs.

“It is gratifying to have such universal support,” Todt said today. “I see this as a validation of the direction the FIA has taken under my leadership, and as encouragement to continue the programme we have pursued over the past eight years.

“From time to time there are some who challenge this role, and I remind them that motorsport will always need a regulator, it will always need fair play, it will always require ethics, and it will always need an independent referee. This is the vital role the FIA plays and one it will continue to play in the future.”

Meanwhile, the FIA has also confirmed that Brian Gibbons will become president of the FIA Senate, the body that oversees the management and finances of the FIA.

New Zealand national Gibbons, who has served as deputy president for mobility at the FIA since 2009, will replace Nick Craw in the role. Thierry Willemarck, currently president of Region I of the FIA, will now take on the post vacated by Gibbons.

In addition, the FIA said that Graham Stoker will continue as its deputy president for sport, a post he has held since 2009.

Commenting on the new structure, Todt said: “I have encouraged the selection of a leadership team that is a mixture of the experienced and the new. The experienced will ensure we continue to respect our heritage, uphold our values and avoid the pitfalls of the past. The new faces will bring fresh, innovative thinking to our federation.”