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Jean Todt re-elected as FIA president

PARIS (AP) - Jean Todt unanimously won a second term as president of motorsports governing body FIA on Friday, running unopposed.

The Frenchman's main rival, David Ward of Britain, pulled out of the race last month because of a lack of backing.

Todt detailed the platform for his second mandate in a brochure entitled "The Road Forward." It emphasized the creation of a Motor Sport Development Fund, the growth of motorsports at the grassroots level, and reducing carbon emissions at particular racing events.

His campaign has been boosted by the completion in September of a new Concorde Agreement, which sets the framework upon which Formula One teams participate in the championships and share in its commercial success from 2013-20.

Ward challenged Todt in front of FIA's ethics committee in September, claiming the Frenchman collected letters of support before the election process started, but his complaint was thrown out.

Four years ago, Todt beat Finnish candidate Ari Vatanen 135-49 to succeed Max Mosley, who stepped down after 16 years in charge.

Todt is a former Ferrari principal who revived the fortunes of the flagging Italian team. Under his guidance, Ferrari won six straight constructors' championships from 1999-2004.


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