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David Ward confirms bid for FIA presidency

Aug 29, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

A man cleans a motorhome of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in the paddock area of the Nuerburgring racing circuit Reuters

David Ward has today resigned from the FIA Foundation in order to challenge Jean Todt for the FIA Presidency later on this year.

The Briton, who has headed up the FIA Foundation since 2001, has thrown his hat into the ring to oppose former Ferrari CEO Todt in the upcoming elections that will play a large part in the direction that the organization takes in the coming years.

“After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA presidential election,” Ward explained. “The election period begins in September and it will be necessary for me to approach FIA members to secure nominations.

“In these circumstances I think that the correct course of action is to resign. Election processes inevitably involve robust and lively debate, and whilst the Foundation is independent and there is no legal requirement for me to resign, I believe that it is in the best interests of the charity that I stand down now.”

Ward has played a big part in the growth of the FIA Foundation, with the charity promoting road safety and sustainable approaches to motoring and motor racing. However, he could be set to take the biggest job in world motorsport should he defeat Todt in the elections later on this year.

Incumbent president Todt is yet to formally confirm his involvement in the elections, but he is expected to run for a second term after defeating rally legend Ari Vatanen back in 2009 following the resignation of Max Mosley.

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