The FIA, the international licensing, sanctioning and governing body for many international racing series, and SRO Motorsports Group, the global leader in the organisation of GT racing, have announced the launch of the FIA Motorsports Games, a new international racing contest.
Built on the foundations of the successful FIA GT Nations Cup, which was held for the first time in 2018 at Bahrain International Circuit and won by the Turkish driver pairing of Ayhancan Güven and Salih Yolųc, the FIA Motorsports Games will be held, for its inaugural competition, at the Vallelunga Circuit near Rome on November 1 – 3 with an opening ceremony in the Italian capital on October 31.
As part of a multi-year agreement, SRO Motorsports Group will act as promoter and organiser.
For the 2019 event, competitors will contest six disciplines including GT, touring cars, Formula 4, drifting, karting slalom and on-line racing with the intention that future events will see an expansion of categories.
Results from the individual categories, for which competitors will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals, will be added to an overall medals table. At the end of the event, the National Sporting Authority with the highest medals taly will be awarded the first FIA Motorsports Games Trophy.
FIA President Jean Todt was excited at the prospect of developing an event that will appeal not only to enthusiast of motorsport but also to the wider international sporting community.
“I am pleased to launch the FIA Motorsports Games, which will combine a variety of disciplines and all the elements of a major sporting occasion in one event,” said Jean Todt. “It is something new for not only motorsports 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. The support of the host club, the Automobile Club d’Italia, is much appreciated and I look forward to attending the first edition in Rome.”
Funder and EO of SRO Motorsports Group, Stéphane Ratel is looking to seeing new competition develop in future years.
“It’s with great pride that we announce the launch of the FIA Motorsports Games,” said Stéphane Ratel. “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. We are at the start of something very significant and I know we will work tirelessly alongside the FIA to deliver the standard of event that the FIA Motorsports Games deserves.”