Graham Stoker announces FIA presidential bid

Global motorsport body’s deputy president to run alongside Tom Kristensen.

Graham Stoker announces FIA presidential bid

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  • Current president Jean Todt to step down at end of the year
  • Thierry Willemarck and Brian Gibbons also running for FIA positions
  • Elections to take place in December 2021

International Automobile Federation (FIA) deputy president for sport, Graham Stoker, has announced that he will be running for election as the global body’s next president.

Current FIA president Jean Todt has announced he will be stepping down from his position at the end of this year, opening the position for Stoker.

Assembling a leadership team for his presidential bid, Stoker will be working with nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, who is running for the position of deputy president for sport.

In addition, Thierry Willemarck is running for the deputy president for mobility position and Brian Gibbons is putting himself forward again for the role of president of the FIA senate.

"I want the FIA and our member clubs to gain global influence across all aspects of sport and mobility, emerging transport and energy trends," Stoker told Motorsport.com.

"We will build on the outstanding work of president Jean Todt over the last 12 years and are proud to have been able to help introduce many new innovative programmes and resources to support members and have assisted the president in developing our clubs and building the FIA into a strong, respected and influential international organisation.

“Our core belief is an FIA for All which will continue to strengthen our federation - for our members, our sport and our society."

Stoker has a long history in motorsport governance as the previous president of the Motor Sports Association. He has also been a member of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council since 2004.

During his time in the Council, Stoker has been an important player in significant cases such as 'Crashgate' and 'Spygate' and promoted Formula One's return to racing in 2020 after the Covid-19 hiatus.

The elections are set to take place in December 2021.