Key figures from across UK motorsport support FIA for All campaign
3 December 2021: The UK motorsport industry has firmly backed Graham Stoker in his bid to become the next FIA President, with leading figures from across the sector voicing their support.
Alan Gow, CEO of the British Touring Car Championship and Member of the Motorsport UK Council, said: “I’ve known and worked closely with Graham since 1995 and have seen first-hand his devotion to helping develop motorsport both in the UK and across the world. Graham always puts the sport first, has the grass roots and member clubs at heart and is entirely committed to making the sport more inclusive.”
Nigel Mansell, former F1 World Champion and Honorary President of IAM Roadsmart (FIA Voting Member), said: “I have known and worked together with Graham for many years. It’s a privilege and honour to support his standing for FIA President. The qualities and professionalism he would bring would be second to none and would continue to strengthen the FIA Presidency even more.”
Derek Warwick, Vice President of the British Racing Drivers Club, said: “I have had the pleasure to work with Graham very closely on many different projects with the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC). It’s fair to say he was very influential and worked tirelessly in saving the British Grand Prix by negotiating with the government and Formula One to have new roads constructed to improve the access for the spectators and competitors. This is absolutely the right time for Graham to step forward and take the reins from Jean Todt and lead the FIA into a new era and I 100% support him and look forward to his leadership.”
Chris Aylett, Chief Executive of the Motorsport Industry Association, said: “Graham has always been willing to actively meet with, and champion, our motorsport industry. Businesses, large and small, all over the world not just in the UK, USA and the EU but wherever there is motorsport, really do ‘keep the wheels moving’. Graham has consistently shown that he really understands and appreciates the vital importance of this vast and unique supply chain to the future growth of motorsport. Their contribution to their local economies, in terms of revenue and employment, is considerable as the FIA’s recent survey confirmed. On behalf of all MIA members we are ready to help Graham’s partnership plans deliver, for the sport and industry, the long-term success they deserve.”
Rob Jones, former Chief Executive of UK Motor Sport Association (now Motorsport UK), said: “Graham’s Presidential List reflects the breadth and depth of what he has personally brought to our sport. During our years working together he made himself available despite numerous other demands and then applied straightforward clear vision to whatever needed to be done. This commitment was not unique to those in his home ASN but the same to all ASNs in the FIA family, and his recognition that the strength of a club whether international or national lies in its grass roots competitors and volunteers is so crucial, especially in the face of unexpected global challenges.”
This is in addition to private messages of support from Promoters, Teams and Drivers from every level of British Motorsport.
Graham Stoker said: “I’m delighted to have support from the vast majority of the British motorsport industry. I plan to be a President for all, from grass roots regional events to top level global motorsport championships, and look forward to joining together to help develop our great sport at every level across the world.”