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First 2018 meeting of World Motor Sport Council

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The FIA recently gathered in Geneva for the first World Motor Sport Council meeting of 2018.

The newly-elected council made a raft of decisions, including confirmation of a new FIA Formula 3 Championship. 

FIA Formula 3
Formula One Group has been selected as the promoter of the new championship, to effectively replace the GP3 Series.

A completely new car will be designed for the championship, with an exclusive grid to feature no more than 30 cars across nine-to-ten events.

To control costs, testing will be limited and regulated alongside with a control engine, chassis and tyre supply.

With two new Formula 3 championships forming in the Americas and Asia, future regional championships that have been proposed will also feature a single-make car and engine combination. The ASN will be free to choose from homologated FIA suppliers. 

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FIA Commissions
This was the first World Motor Sport Council to include the two presidents of the two new FIA Commissions.

Felipe Calderón, President of the Environment and Sustainability Commission, reported positively on its first meetings which marked a new step forward in the improvement of environmental sustainability across motoring and motor sport.

President of the Disability and Accessibility Commission, Nathalie McGloin, gave a presentation on the aims of this new commission which will meet in the near future.

CAMS was well represented at the World Motor Sport Council, with CAMS President Andrew Papadopoulos and Tim Schenken OAM meeting on FIA Commissions.

Papadopoulos is the Vice-President of the FIA Volunteers & Officials Commission, with Schenken the President of the FIA Circuits Commission. 

Schenken’s appointment late last year sees him as the first Australian in recent times to lead an FIA Commission.  

FIA Women in Motorsport Commission
Launched at the Geneva Motor Show, The Girls on Track was launched alongside Commission President Michèle Mouton and FIA President Jean Todt.

The project, supporting by eight European ASNs, the European Commission, University of Limoges and Yokohama has been launched to support more young women participating in motor sport. 

Karting slalom events will be hosted in eight partner countries, and three drivers from each national will be invited to a European Final at Le Mans in 2019.

In addition to Michèle Mouton, Susie Wolff, Tatiana Calderón and Tom Kristensen are supporting the programme as Ambassadors to The Girls on Track-Karting Challenge.

FIA World Endurance Championship
An updated 2018/19 superseason calendar was also confirmed to accommodate a date change for the 6 Hours of Fuji.

5 May, 2018


WEC 6 Hours of Spa‐Francorchamps*

16‐17 June


Le Mans 24 Hours*

19 August

Great Britain

6 Hours of Silverstone*

14 October


6 Hours of Fuji*

18 November


6 Hours of Shanghai*

16‐17 March, 2019


1500 Miles of Sebring *

4 May, 2019


WEC 6 Hours of Spa‐Francorchamps*

15‐16 June, 2019


24 Hours of Le Mans *

FIA Touring Car
Having recently adopted the TCR formula, the sporting regulations for the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) were approved. Each race weekend will feature two qualifying sessions and three races.

FIA Formula E Championship
The World Council accepted the cancellation of the final event of the season in Montreal, meaning that the remaining calendar for the 2017/18 season is updated as follows.

17 March 2018


Punta del Este**

14 April 2018



28 April 2018



19 May 2018



10 June 2018



14 July 2018


New York

15 July 2018


New York

FIA F3 World Cup
The World Council approved the renewal of the contract for the FIA F3 World Cup in Macau for 2018. The FIA will begin the tender process for exclusive tyre and fuel suppliers.

FIA GT World Cup
The World Council approved the extension of the contract for the FIA GT World Cup to be hosted in Macau for 2018. 

FIA GT Commission
A process to avoid the creation of GT3 ‘prototypes’ was approved. A minimum production required for GT3 race cars will be enforced – 10 units must be made within 12 months as from the homologation date, and 20 units within 24 months as from the homologation date.

FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup
The date and location for the second FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup was approved by the World Council. The event will take place on 2-4 November 2018 in Daiba, Tokyo.

FIA Safety Commission
A small number of amendments were approved by the World Council regarding changes to the FIA Super Licence points table, including the addition of Formula 3 regional championships certified by FIA. These updates will be available on in due course.


Published: 13 March, 2018