Gautam Singhania Nominated To Replace Vijay Mallya in FIA's WMSC
The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) has elected industrialist and auto enthusiast Gautam Singhania as India's representative in the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile's (FIA) World Motor Sports Council (WMSC). In a series of tweets, the Bombay Dyeing owner confirmed the news and said that he won the FMSCI election with a 'seven for' and 'one against' vote. The post was previously held by former UB Group boss Vijay Mallya, who was asked by the FMSCI to step down on the sports ministry's directive. The post has been vacant since July this year.
Singhania tweeted, "Happy to be elected by the Federation of motorsport clubs of india as their rep to the world body of Federation international automobile."
"Happy to say that won the FMSCI with 7 votes for / 1 vote against - thanks for the unanimous support. Will do my best for indian motorsport"
Earlier this year, FMSCI President Akbar Ebrahim had cleared that the new member will be elected from the federation to represent FMSCI at the FIA general body, and the said person can then choose to stand for an election in the WMSC. The FIA elections are scheduled in Paris this December and Singhania will need to be elected then for the titular position. Meanwhile, Akbar Ebrahim will be nominated for the deputy post.
Gautam Singhania is the Chairman and Managing Director of Raymond Group and is also an avid auto enthusiast. Known for his impressive car collection, the Raymond MD has reced in the Ferari Challenge in Europe, apart from participating in drag racing competitions. However, Singhania does not have any administrative experience in Indian motorsport.