‘FIA for All’ Launches Development Plan for Asia-Pacific Motor Sport

Plan aims to help region bounce back from pandemic and grow participation and audiences in a sustainable manner

27 October 2021: FIA for All, the campaign led by FIA Presidential Candidate Graham Stoker, has launched an in-depth development plan for Asia-Pacific Motor Sport.

The proposal has been overseen and supported by Janette Tan, Deputy Clerk of the Course for the Singapore F1 Grand Prix, Chairperson of the FIA Volunteers & Officials Commission, and the first winner of the Charlie Whiting award, which marks the achievements of up and coming race directors. It is also backed by Andrew Papadopoulos, President of the FIA’s ASN Development Task Force, and based on months of ground-sensing with industry leaders and the grassroots community alike.

The blueprint sets out six pillars which will provide a booster for motor sport in the region, enabling the region to bounce back from the pandemic with an aim to grow participation and audiences in a sustainable manner.

Graham Stoker said: “Developing motor sport is a central part of our campaign. This proposal will have an immediate and positive effect on the region, and will play on the strengths of our sport clubs by reviving the Asia-Pacific Working Groups amongst other action plans.”

Janette Tan said: “While motor sport has faced some challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region due to the global pandemic, this plan will ensure that we seize on the opportunities to grow the sport in this fast-developing region. The idea is to build on grassroots events in all disciplines and enable a pathway for different groups to move up the racing pyramid. We want to build on the existing success of the grassroots motor sport programmes and ensure that participation and audiences increase alongside that.”

The plan would be put in place by the FIA, working in partnership with its Clubs in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The proposals cover six key pillars that will form the basis of the development plan:

1. REINVIGORATING MOTOR SPORT IN ASIA-PACIFIC

  • Resumption of the Asia-Pacific Rally (APRC) Championship.
  • Creation of new zone and regional Asia-Pacific championships like:
    • Asia-Pacific Karting Open Championship, Asia- Pacific eSport Cup, Cross Cars Regional Cup, Off- Road, 4×4, Historic Cars, Drag racing, Autotest / Gymkhana, Speed & Regularity Rally Championships, Karting Slalom.
  • Creation of more grassroots programs. Enhancement of Digital Communications and Media Coverage.
  • Creation of an endorsement program for motorsport in Asia-Pacific.
  • Establishment of development officers and a talent detection program to identify Asia-Pacific motorsport talent.
  • Utilization of the Zone Secretariat for better coordination among the region.

2. STRENGTHENING TIES WITH COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIPS & CAR MANUFACTURERS

  • Creation of a single-make series or championship.
  • Naming rights to car manufacturers to promote strong branding.
  • Strong promotion of commercial partnerships.

3. WORKING GROUP ACTIVATION 

  • Resumption of the Asia-Pacific Working Groups to empower our Sport Clubs in the following areas:
    • Karting, Circuit, eSport, Rally, Grassroots including Autokhana & Karting Slalom, Volunteers and Officials, Women in Motor Sport

4. STRENGTHENING OUR ASIA-PACIFIC SPORT CLUBS

  • Establishment of a mentoring program between the advanced Clubs and developing Clubs in Asia-Pacific.
  • Implement a structure with stronger Sport Clubs spearheading motor sports development and to improve management skills.
  • Regular consultations to provide constant overview of the health of our sport clubs and the region.  
  • Creation of a structure within the sport club’s core for motorsports development.
  • Continuous and strong communication between Sport Clubs in the region.
  • Continuous access to motor sports knowledge through regional training.
  • Regional homologation to minimise cost to our Sports Clubs.

5. LINKING WITH SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAMS 

  • Environment & Sustainability awareness and programs
  • Women in Motorsport programs
  • Youth Engagement programs
  • Road Safety campaigns
  • Asia-Pacific Motorsport Games
  • STEM programs
  • F1 in Schools programs
  • Disability & Accessibility programs
  • Child Protection Policy

6. LEGACY PROJECTS 

  • Creation of a Young Drivers’ Academy:
    • Detection cell with a clear development pathway for young drivers.
    • Development pathway leading to mainstream international series.
    • Engagement with Volunteers & Officials.
  • Creation of Arrive & Drive Series/Championship
    • Detection cell with a clear development pathway for young drivers.
    • Development pathway leading to mainstream international series.
    • Engagement with Volunteers & Officials.
  • Formation and promotion of single-make series.

Click here to download the full summary of Proposed Key Actions for Motor Sport Development in Asia-Pacific Region.

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