Former FMSCI president Vicky Chandhok has reacted strongly to the article published in February issue of Autocar India (‘Chandhok’s FMSCI exit inevitable’, page 223) which had brought to light several issues that ultimately led to him stepping down from his position.
Those in the know said that it was inevitable as Chandhok was not expected to be re-elected even if he had chosen to run for the office, due to a mounting opposition that was bent on a change of guard at the Indian ASN.
Refuting these claims sternly, Chandhok commented, “My exit was no way related to the elections conducted late last year. I have been passionate about motorsport and I will continue to be actively involved as I have been now for 42 years. I will carry on managing events, working on the council of the FMSCI and being actively involved in getting manufacturers to invest in the sport.”
On his decision to not run for another term, he added, “The decision to not contest this year's presidential election is because there are other enthusiasts who are willing to contribute to the sport. The Presidential Post of the FMSCI is not a monopoly of any sole individual as some people claim it to be.”
“After being voted in as President for seven out of the last nine years, I felt it was the right time to step down. At the end of the day, if you're going to lead an organisation with a large number of members and clubs, you're never going to please everyone but I have worked to the best of my ability, helped to bring F1 to India, got both four and two wheeler manufacturers involved in a way that hasn't been done before and juggled various balls in the air pretty successfully I think”, he further added.
Rumour mills have also been churning about alleged financial anomalies in the Federation, although no one has yet come on record to substantiate the claims. Some see this as a desperate attempt to tarnish the image of the office bearers of the FMSCI by vested interests.
Commenting on the statements, former FMSCI Head of Finance, KD Madan remarked, “All these baseless allegations of financial impropriety are ridiculous unless someone is willing to put their name to the allegations with some genuine paperwork. The council has always maintained the highest levels of financial clarity with all matters concerning the Federation.”
“I would like to genuinely hear any individual stand up without hiding behind anonymity and tell me what they think the issue is so we can look into it, but until now there hasn't been a single query that I have seen or heard directly. The Federation has a sport to run and doesn't have time to waste with pointless discussions with anonymous detractor", he added.
The final ruling of the Madras High Court, which will make the result of the elections and the new FMSCI council members public, is pending today. This will shortly be followed by the new president being nominated in the next couple of days – finally settling the tussle within the Indian ASN.