Graham Stoker has announced his candidacy to be the next FIA President. The current Deputy President (Sport) has named nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen – the most successful racing driver in sports car history – as his candidate for Deputy President Sport; Belgium’s Thierry Willemarck to continue as Deputy President for Mobility; and New Zealand’s Brian Gibbons to continue as President of the FIA Senate.
It’s clearly a bid which will maintain stability in the organisation and will, more than likely, continue the current activities and strategies, rather than trying to make big changes. This probably gives the campaign the edge over challenger Mohammed bin Sulayem. Jean Todt’s organisation may not be 100 perfect but it has run the federation with little real controversy, which is ultimately what a federation should do. Previous Presidents were more controversial figures, often with very different motivations.
Stoker is a figure who has worked quietly with Todt for many years and is likely to garner strong support from the clubs. The election is in December.