The FIA has announced today the launch of the ‘FIA Motorsport Games’, an exciting new international, multidisciplinary sporting event that will see drivers competing not for individual recognition, but for their country.
The FIA 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 Motorsport 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 inaugural edition of the FIA Motorsport Games will be held in autumn 2019, in Rome. It will be heralded by a spectacular opening ceremony in Italy’s vibrant capital city on 31st October, the general public and motor sport 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 three thrilling days of motor sport competition, from 1st-3rd November. The weekend culminates with a closing ceremony, during which the National Sporting Authority (ASN) or National Automobile Club (ACN) of the winning country will receive the FIA Motorsport Games trophy.
The FIA has appointed SRO Motorsports Group for the promotion of the FIA Motorsport Games, with ASNs and ACNs bidding for future hosting rights in major world cities.
The FIA Motorsport Games have their origins in the FIA GT Nations Cup, held in November 2018 in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in which Team Turkey was victorious.
In announcing the creation of the FIA Motorsport Games, FIA President Jean Todt said: “I am pleased to launch the FIA Motorsport Games, which will combine a variety of disciplines and all the elements of a major sporting occasion in one event. It is something new for not only motor sport 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.”
The website www.fiamotorsportgames.com will provide in-depth information on the FIA Motorsport Games and chart the build-up to the historic first event.
Entries for the 2019 FIA Motorsport Games open on 1st July.