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Le Mans

Allan Simonsen CAR CRASH LE MANS 2013

STATEMENT FROM THE FIA AND THE ACO-

We wish to express our profound sadness regarding the death of Allan Simonsen at todays 24 Hours of Le Mans. We would like to convey our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to Allan`s family and friends. Our thoughts are also with his Aston Martin teammates at this difficult time.

Allan was an extremely talented and experienced sportscar driver who had raced in every corner of the world and was highly respected by his peers and his team. For many in endurance racing, Allan was above all a good friend who displayed his passion for racing on and off the track.

His loss will be felt by the FIA, the ACO and the greater motorsport family.

Jean Todt et Pierre Fillon

FIA

Sulayem - Todt

FIA PRESIDENT IMPRESSED BY DRIVE TO DEVELOP MOTOR SPORT IN MENA REGION

Todt commends Sulayem’s regional initiatives after attending 22-country assembly in Doha

Doha, Qatar, 5 February, 2013:  FIA President Jean Todt said today that he is highly impressed by the work being done to drive motor sport to a new level in the Middle East and North Africa.

The head of motor sport’s world governing body attended Monday’s assembly in Doha of MENA’s 22 national motor sport authorities at the invitation of FIA Vice President, Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

Todt will now study two reports commissioned by Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, and presented during the meeting.

One of the reports delivered a six-point plan aimed at increasing the region’s total number of competitors, officials and volunteers, and the number of motorsports events, by 20 % by 2015.

The other, based on an intensive study of volunteers working at the UAE’s top motor sport events in 2012, made recommendations to help organisers worldwide provide better protection for marshals and officials from the risk of dehydration.

Todt, who also attended today’s meeting in Doha of the Arab Council of Touring and Automobile Clubs, said: “It is clear that a lot of development has happened in this region, and it offers very strong potential for the future, growing from the base of rallying, with road safety a very important part of that mix.”

“These were two intense and very fruitful meetings, and I was very impressed with the enthusiasm of the members. The solidarity and friendship that was displayed made me proud, as the FIA President, that our main assets are human and  team work.”

The Doha assembly of the 22 national motor sport authorities now united within the FIA’s Middle East and North Africa region in particular highlighted significant progress made in recent years in regional motor sport governance.

Until recently, the sport’s only regional forum was a meeting of the six or seven organisers of FIA Middle East Rally Championship events to discuss rally regulations.

The establishment of the FIA’s MENA region in 2011, a development driven by Sulayem, effectively brought 22 national sporting authorities together to work towards common goals.

The Doha assembly was attended by senior officials from each of these countries, namely

Algeria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.

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Third Hockenheim success for Prema Powerteam

In the third race of the Formula 3 Euro Series at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, that counts towards the newly-founded FIA Formula 3 European Championship, just like the first race, a Prema Powerteam driver claimed victory. Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) crossed the finish line in first place, followed by Carlos Sainz (Carlin) and Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport). After the first Formula 3 Euro Series race weekend, that was also attended by FIA president Jean Todt as a guest, Juncadella is first in the drivers’ standings.

Carlos Sainz wasn’t able to convert his pole position into the race lead, he had to let Daniel Juncadella and Felix Rosenqvist pull away. Once in the lead, the Prema driver immediately pulled clear from the rest of the field while Sainz initially had to make his way past Rosenqvist, who was second after the start. After that, Juncadella’s lead was already too big for Sainz to jeopardize the second victory of the weekend for his compatriot.

Guest driver Alex Lynn (Fortec Motorsport) claimed fourth place ahead of the best-placed rookie Sven Müller (Prema Powerteam) and William Buller (Carlin).

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “Apart from the second race, the weekend could hardly have been better, I am really happy. I was particularly quick in the early stage of the race and I was able to pull a nice gap over Carlos. Eventually, I had some problems with traction and Carlos closed up again.”

Carlos Sainz (Carlin): “Generally, I hadn’t expected that we would be this good over here, because compared to most of the other teams, we don’t have a lot of experience with the Hankook tyres. Unfortunately, I had problems at the start again. Now, we have to investigate what the reason for that was.”

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport): “Like all weekend, I wasn’t able to match the pace that Daniel and Carlos had. Third place was the maximum for me. In spite of the problems, I was on the podium in all the races and I have scored many points. Given these circumstances, I can be happy with that.