FIA to launch new Motorsport Games in Rome later this year
The FIA, motor racing’s international governing body, has announced it will launch the Motorsport Games, a new Olympics-style, multi-disciplinary sporting event, later this year.
The announcement was made following the latest meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Friday.
The inaugural four-day event, which will be staged annually, will take place in Rome, Italy, from 31 October to 3 November and drivers will represent their countries instead of competing individually.
The Motorsport Games will initially be made up of six different categories: GT racing, touring car, Formula 4, drifting, karting slalom and "digital motorsport".
Each competition will award gold, silver and bronze medals, contributing to an overall medal table.
Further details, such as the type of circuit that will be used and the driver level of the event, is expected to be shared soon.
This will represent the first time a nations-based event will be held in an official FIA-recognised capacity.
Motorsport has a limited history of nations-based events with independent competitions such as the A1 Grand Prix series, which was billed as the ‘World Cup of Motorsport’ and ran from 2005 to 2009, and the Nations Cup feature in the annual Race of Champions, which has run since 1999.
Motorsport has never featured in the Olympics as machine-based sports are not permitted at the games.