The FIA has announced the return of Motorsport Games for the 2020 season, which moves from Italy to France, with expanded categories.
After the success of the inaugural season of Olympic-style Motorsport Games in 2019, held in Italy, the FIA has announced the second edition, to take place in Marseille and Circuit Paul Ricard in France, on October 23-25 – subjected to WMSC approval.
The event was organised by the FIA in conjunction with SRO Motorsports Group, which will continue, with GT Cup, Touring Car Cup, F4 Cup, Drifting Cup, Karting Slalom Cup and Digital Cup to stay on along with few more categories to be announced.
A total of 192 racers represented their respective nations in the inaugural year which had 49 countries participating. Team Russia topped the medal table, earning one gold and two bronze medals and were crowned 2019 FIA Motorsport Games champions.
FIA President Jean Todt stated: “I’m delighted that following the success of the inaugural edition, the concept of the FIA Motorsport Games continues to grow as the event moves to the prestigious Circuit Paul Ricard.
“This is a clear indication that this unique approach to motor racing proved to be the right one and that the future is bright for the FIA Motorsport Games. I feel confident that the 2020 edition will continue to bring together both fans of motor sport as well as people with general appreciation of international sport.
“At the same time, I’m eager to see even more national federations capturing the patriotic spirit of the event and getting involved. By including grassroots level disciplines, they offer an accessible platform for future generations of competitors, something that is very important for us at the FIA.
“I am very much looking forward to the FIA Motorsport Games taking place in France.” The French Federation of Automobile Sport President said: “In 2020, France is proud to welcome the second running of the FIA Motorsport Games in Marseille, which will host the event in tandem with Circuit Paul Ricard, the current home of the French F1 Grand Prix.
“Here in our country this unique and innovative concept will again highlight the diversity of motor sport with a wealth of disciplines featured, from Circuit Racing through Karting and Drifting to Digital Motor Sport.
“Under the auspices of the SRO Motorsport Group’s recognised know-how, the FIA Motorsport Games will bring together drivers and teams under the colours of their national flags. Certainly, the world of motor sport will rock to the rhythm of the French Riviera during the weekend!”
SRO Motorsports Group Founder & CEO, added: “The inaugural FIA Motorsport Games surpassed all expectations so I am delighted that we can now confirm the location and dates for this year’s edition. Marseille is a glorious city in a spectacular region of France and I know that it will provide an ideal stage for the second event.
“The same can be said of Circuit Paul Ricard, which is a truly world-class racing venue with superb facilities. Our focus now is on making the 2020 FIA Motorsport Games an even greater success than the inaugural edition. With our location set and new disciplines to be announced, I believe we are on course to achieve this.”
And finally, Circuit Paul Ricardo CEO, Stephane Clair, added: “We are extremely proud to host the next edition of the FIA Motorsport Games. This outstanding event definitely matches our strategy and our will to look towards the future on the eve of the track’s 50th birthday.
“I am confident that we will supply a convenient venue for the various disciplines and that all the invited nations will find a suitable environment to shine for their own country. We have already started working to give our very best for October.”
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