FMSCI nominates Gautam Singhania to replace Vijay Mallya in FIA WMSC
Force India boss Vijay Mallya held the post to represent India in the FIA's World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) from 2013 until July 2017 - when he resigned, three months prior to his tenure coming to an official end.
It was decided that the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) will carry on its activities in direct contact with the FIA until the new representative is found.
In a meeting held last week to determine the next candidate, one of India's leading business tycoon cum gentleman racer, Gautam Singhania's name was proposed.
The Raymond boss confirmed the news on his Twitter account, revealing that he was an unanimous choice after winning the eight vote ballot by seven to one.
Along with Singhania, it was also confirmed that the FMSCI president Akbar Ebrahim's name has been nominated for the deputy post. Both of them will now stand for election for a post in the FIA's WMSC to be held in Paris in December - after which they will get the official recognition for the same.
While Ebrahim has been a well-known name within Indian motorsport, Singhania hasn't had much connection within the country's motor racing bodies - with the businessman last racing activity being the Ferrari Challenge in 2015, where he finished second, having become the first Indian to win a race in the Clienti championship.
Meanwhile, former FMSCI president Vicky Chandhok had hoped the federation choose a right candidate, who has worked within the Indian motor racing community extensively - he tweeted this while the meet was underway.