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FIA Elections: Arab clubs have signaled support for Vatanen.



FIA Presidential candidate Ari Vatanen has hailed HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein’s inspired leadership and vision as the key factor to gaining widespread support for his campaign from Motoring Clubs across the Arab World. Former World Rally Driving Champion Vatanen has invited the Jordan Motorsport Chairman to become his Vice President Sport (Middle East) for the October 23 elections, and has spoken of his well-known admiration for the Hashemite Family and the importance of the Arab World after arriving in Jordan ahead of the Amman Extraordinary Motoring Conference tomorrow (Thursday).

"This is a crucial time for the future of motoring across the world and there is no figurehead better qualified to steer the Middle East into an exciting new era than HRH Prince Feisal," said Vatanen. "His Royal Highness has a long and rich association with motoring and is a man of enormous integrity whose expertise and leadership extends well beyond the realms of the motoring world. I have the utmost respect for Prince Feisal and it is a privilege to be working together to bring change for the better for everyone associated with motoring."

"The Arab World has a huge role to play within the future of the FIA and it is vitally important that it is represented properly with a strong voice. What better voice to represent this region than that of HRH Prince Feisal who will be a unifying figure for all Arab clubs, no matter their size, stature or tradition?"

Representatives from 30 countries arriving in Amman, for what has been described as a conference ‘crucial to future of motoring’, have added more praise for HRH Prince Feisal who has transformed motor sporting standards within Jordan and succeeded in welcoming the World Rally Championship (WRC) to the Arab World for the first time in the modern era in 2008.

Mishaal Al Sudairy, Chairman of the Saudi Arabia Motor Federation, claims the Prince’s appointment has changed the demographics of the Presidential campaign regionally which is being fought between Vatanen and Jean Todt.

"HRH Prince Feisal’s support of Ari is a decisive factor to a majority of the Arab clubs supporting his candidature at the election," he said. "Ari is campaigning on a clear message for change within the FIA and HRH Prince Feisal has a track record of delivering on his promises. You only have to see what he has achieved within his own country to understand that HRH Prince Feisal is the person to lead the Arab Motoring World in the future."

Khaled Qadura, President of the Palestine Motor Sport Federation, echoed many delegates’ sentiments by adding: “We offer full support to His Royal Highness. He has been a strong friend to the Palestinian motoring community for many years and we look forward to tomorrow’s conference with great optimism to see how we can all work together for the benefit of motoring in our part of the world.”

The popular Vatanen was mobbed by autograph hunters, fans and well-wishers as he arrived in Amman and spent time listening to leaders of motoring clubs from across the region and beyond. The Amman Extraordinary Motoring Conference will be attended by representatives of motoring clubs from three continents and will discuss the future for mobility, touring and sport.

2009/10/05 | 13:39 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Neil Perkins






















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