14 FIA Clubs Confirm Support for Ari Vatanen

Ari Vatanen's chances of clinching the FIA presidency this autumn received a boost on Thursday, after a group of 14 FIA member clubs have issued a supporting letter to the Finnish candidate. In the aforementioned document, the clubs not only reveal their complete trust in Vatanen, but also urge the other members of the FIA to join them in making a change this year.

The national motoring authorities who have preferred to back Vatanen for the presidency are Australia, Germany, Finland, Canada, Uganda, Jamaica, Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa, Ireland, Jordan, Peru, Switzerland and Turkey. To make the long story short, they argue Vatanen's extensive experience as a politician is one of the greatest proofs of his ability to make a difference in world motor racing.

We firmly believe that FIA needs a spokesman who has a willingness and ability to address with respect and enthusiasm all the various stake holders of mobility and sport. The unique background of Ari Vatanen includes his years in the European Parliament, to which he was elected from two countries (Finland and France).”

“During his dramatic and successful, humanly touching career in rallying he became a World Champion. As a spokesman for the federation in the present day world, where media attention and diplomacy with various stake holders is becoming more and more vital, Ari comes across as an ideal candidate for all who want to create a future in the spirit of fair collaboration.”

“Ari Vatanen is an excellent choice in view of his political background. In the European Parliament he became known as an active defender of mobility in all its forms. So he is not only an extremely successful motor sportsman.”

“He also has experience as a member of the Board of Trustees of the FIA Foundation. In our view, he is the right person, because his election campaign focuses on changes in the FIA for the benefit of all clubs, as well as on leading the FIA into the future as a large federation of so many mobility and motor sport clubs.”

“Above all, his entirely neutral approach and the fact that he is highly respected and esteemed make him a worthy candidate who deserves to be supported. We therefore believe that it would be good to carefully weigh the information you receive from either candidate and to form your opinion in the interest of your club, without letting yourself be influenced by the statements of mostly long-term FIA officials.”

“In the run-up to the election of the FIA President on 23 October, we would ask you to look closely at the messages you are getting and then to decide for you and your club. For the first time in years, we have an alternative. All member clubs should take this opportunity to carefully consider which candidate has the potential for a better future
,” said the letter.
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