Participants Hail Motor Sport Business Forum
David Richards, Chief Executive, Prodrive, commented: “The Forum is the perfect place to meet people and talk about the future away from the race track in an environment where you can have constructive discussions. I think this is a very important event to have on an annual basis and I have certainly found it very useful myself.” The feedback from participants has helped to identify areas that the organisers can improve on in 2007, and the debate over certain topics has demonstrated that the Forum has stirred the waters. It bodes well for an even more dynamic event when it is staged again at the Grimaldi Forum on 5-6 December 2007.
Nick Fry, CEO, Honda Racing F1, said:
“Honda Racing F1 participated in the 2006 Motor Sport Business Forum and were impressed with the subsequent interest in the team from companies that had attended the conference. We are pleased to be part of the Forum and look forward to developing new business relationships as a result.”
A Forum for Announcements
With the blessing of the FIA, the decision to hold the conference just before the FIA Gala Awards and to open up the Forum to other World Class Motor Racing series proved a major factor in the growth and success of this year’s event.
Series organisers and teams quickly realised the cost advantage and greater coverage available to use the Forum to announce new sponsorship deals, show new cars and promote future initiatives to 400 plus of the leading players in the motor sport business community and world press.
The FIA World Touring Car Championship was represented by Jacques Raynaud, Managing Director, Eurosport, which promotes the series. Raynaud said: “The FIA WTCC is a unique concept in which Eurosport and world class touring car motor sports have joined forces to design an event dedicated to all stakeholders: spectators, manufacturers and sponsors. The high level attendance of the Forum offered a chance to discuss these ideas and meet with a number of potential new business partners. We look forward to bringing the WTCC back to the Forum in 2007.”
Also represented at the Forum were the FIA GT Championship, MotoGP, NASCAR and the Champ Car World Series. All series are now in discussions to return to the Forum in 2007.