FIA presidential candidate Graham Stoker wants new entry-level championships

Stoker reveals 'Motor Sport for All' manifesto to increase diversity within motorsport.

FIA presidential candidate Graham Stoker wants new entry-level championships

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  • Manifesto aims to nurture young talent and increase the sport’s accessibility
  • Safety, sustainability and fan growth plans also included in paper
  • Election set to take place in December 2021

International Automobile Federation (FIA) presidential candidate Graham Stoker has revealed plans to deliver new entry-level championships as part of his motorsport manifesto.

The paper, entitled 'Motor Sport for All', has been overseen by nine-time Le Mans winner and FIA Driver Commission president Tom Kristensen, who is running for FIA deputy president for sport.

Alongside the delivery of entry-level championships to increase pathways to top-level motorsport, Stoker's manifesto also aims to launch initiatives to nurture young talent and increase motorsport's accessibility. He also wants to roll out development officers to grow the sport amongst young people, and establish a major public and private goal development fund for motorsport worldwide.

Additionally, the manifesto outlines plans to launch a global motorsport review ‘to build a blueprint for recovery’, develop low-cost series, improve diversity, optimise the motorsport calendar, expand the FIA's Women in Motor Sport programme, and grow the sport’s fanbase.

These initiatives plan to meet several other objectives outlined by Stoker, which include prioritising safety in motorsport, ensuring the sport is sustainable, making sure anyone can try motorsport anywhere, and investing in championships.

"I’m delighted to present this comprehensive vision for the future of motorsport worldwide. We want to build on the strong work of the FIA over the last 12 years and create a sport that is truly progressive, representing all nations and open to anyone that wants to get involved, regardless of background or finances," said Stoker.

“This is the first opportunity to work with my impressive deputy president for sport candidate Tom Kristensen and we will be using our deep experience at all levels of motorsport to implement these ideas worldwide.

Kristensen added: “I am excited to work alongside Graham in delivering this motorsport vision. 21 years ago I was driving for a team in the British Touring Car Championship and Graham was the chief steward; now I am a steward and commission president and part of Graham’s great FIA for All team.

“I have gained such wide experience in motorsport, and have achieved so much, and I now want to apply that deep experience to the FIA, helping our great members and our global motorsport community.”

The FIA's presidential election is set to take place on 17th December 2021, with former rally driver Mohammed bin Sulayem currently the only other candidate standing against Stoker to replace Jean Todt.