Jean Todt unanimously won a second term as president of motorsport’s governing body FIA on Friday, running unopposed.
The Frenchman’s main rival, David Ward of Britain, pulled out of the race last month because of a lack of backing.
David Ward has backed a proposal by several FIA member clubs to reform an electoral system that could see the presidential candidate frozen out of the 2013 leadership contest.
The clubs want to reduce the amount of support a candidate needs to gain in order to be nominated, a requirement that could yet preclude Ward from contesting the upcoming election. The deadline is Nov. 15, and Ward has yet to confirm that he has been nominated and is thus able to take on Jean Todt.
FIA presidential candidate David Ward says that there may be no official challengers to Jean Todt, as a result of the incumbent locking in support.
In order to be officially nominated, Ward has to receive support from the various regions in the form of at least one vote for a Vice President of Sport on his ticket.
The FIA’s confirmation that the new Concorde Agreement will bring in extra funds has put a focus on how that money will be used by the governing body – and Jean Todt has now agreed to set up a ‘task force’ to that end.
A statement today underlined that the FIA will get more money from the new Concorde Agreement. “This agreement provides the FIA with significantly improved financial means to pursue its regulatory missions and to reflect the enhanced role undertaken by the FIA in the Motor Sport.”