a second extended term of being FMSCI President, Vicky Chandhok has confirmed
that he will not be standing for re-election for the upcoming year. Chandhok,
along with the Jaypee Group and other FMSCI council members, played a key role
in bringing Formula One to India and has helped move Indian motorsport forward
in his recent 4 year term.
After an earlier stint of three years at the
helm of the Federation from 2005 to 2007, Chandhok was elected at the president
again in 2010. The last 4 years have seen a big boost in Indian motorsport, not
just with the Formula One Indian Grand Prix but also with domestic motorsport
in general. Auto manufacturer support has increased with involvement in car and
bike championships as well as the Indian National Rally Championship. Under his
aegis, the first ever Indian National Times Speed Distance Rally Championship
was also launched.
Chandhok said that it was a hard and somewhat
emotional decision not to stand for re-election. He said, "This is a
difficult decision for me but after being President for 7 out of the last 9
years, and living and breathing Indian motorsport on a daily basis, it is time
to pass the baton on. The federation has seen many wins over the past few
years, including, most notably Formula 1 coming to India as well as the Asian
Road Racing Championship for Bikes. There have been so many positive changes to
Indian motorsport with the introduction of new championships, and I am glad to
have played a pivotal role in making it happen. The first ever FMSCI Automobile
Conclave has helped us in bringing more manufacturers into our various
championships. From an international perspective, India has a much larger
presence in world motorsport with 14 people joining international commissions
and I’m glad that I have played a part in building these international
relations with the FIA, FIM and CIK."
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