South African bodies consider FIA future

The chairman of the South African governing body of motorsport says he did not agree with the outcome of yesterday's confidence vote against FIA president Max Mosley and is considering joining the clubs contemplating withdrawing from the FIA

South African bodies consider FIA future

The German body, ADAC, has already withdrawn its involvement from the FIA's working groups while the American and Dutch groups are considering their position.

Motorsport South Africa (MSA) chairman Roger Pearce says it too is deliberating its future with the sport's governing body.

"We are obliged to abide by the majority decision in the interest of our international competitors," he said. "For now, we will stand back and carefully consider all our options."

Pearce will head back to South Africa to consult with MSA's stake holders over any future course of action.

The country's leading car club, the Automobile Assocation of South Africa (AASA), also expressed its concern at the decision to keep Mosley in power and claimed that he has rejected numerous calls from car clubs for him to step down in the last few months.

The AASA's head of public affairs, Rob Handfield-Jones added: "Auto club brands are highly respected, not least because of their high standards of service and their values. These standards and values should be shared by the FIA and, inparticular, its president.

"But the vote of confidence in Mr Mosley does not support the values held by many auto clubs worldwide. The AA accordingly distances itself from the outcome of the vote and is now considering how best to manage its relationship with the FIA into the future."

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