Mohammed ben Sulayem and the FIA For Members leadership group are pleased to announce that Manuel Aviñó will be standing as the second VP Candidate for Sport for Europe.
Mr Aviñó has been the President of the Royal Spanish Motorsports Federation (RFEDA), the Spanish ASN, since 2016. Before that he was President of the Valencian Motorsports Federation, continuing a passion for motorsport which started when he was 8 years old. He is also on the Executive Board of Directors of the Spanish Olympic Committee and, since 2017 member of the FIA World Motorsport Council.
Now 45, Mr Aviñó has led his federation across an impressive range of motorsports, such as F1, WRC, Formula E, multiple cross-country events as well as hill climbs and historic rallies. Passionate about nurturing young talent, he has focused on karting and the promotion of 'Rally Team Spain', a platform for the development of raw talent in this sport.
Manuel Aviñó said: “I am delighted to accept the position as candidate VP Sport for Europe. Drawing on my experience in motorsport, I will contribute to the FIA with all my passion; in particular, I want to contribute to the gender and racial diversity in our sport. Europe and Spain are the hub of motorsport knowledge, and my objective is to share this know-how with countries outside our region. I love karting and rallying, and I would consider myself very lucky to be able to work within the federation to achieve these objectives.”
Mohammed ben Sulayem said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Manuel Aviñó alongside Anna Nordkvist as VP Sport candidates for Europe. Manuel has a very impressive track record at RFEDA, the reflection of both his passion for racing as well as the long tradition that his country has in motorsport. In particular, I admire his dedication to the development of young talent in Spain. This has been a success and I look forward to his input if elected on December 17th.”
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