Zayn Khan has been elected as the new President of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), replacing former president R Bharath Raj, who passed away while serving his tenure last month.
Khan, a resident of Hyderabad representing the Western India Automobile Association, has several years of hands-on experience in the sport. He has headed stewards' development, training and deployment and has officiated events at International level.
Khan said: “My initial reaction is that it is overwhelming. I hope to bring unity to the FMSCI. Bharath was a good friend and I would like to take forward his tenure on a high note.
“My immediate priorities would be to visit a lot of the clubs and promote the sport. We are at the absolute peak of motorsport in the country. Promotion of motorsport, publicity, getting more eyeballs to the sport and generally pushing the sport to the forefront in India are things I would like to strive at with the help of the team.
“There are three rounds left in the rallying season this year. Rallying will be in focus in Chikmagalur in December since the town is hosting the Asia Cup round. If all goes well, we could see an Asia-Pacific Rally Championship round in 2016.”
Apart from Bharath Raj, tributes were also paid to MR Raj Kumar (FMSCI 2-wheeler racing technical regulations Chairman) and scrutineer Pradeep Mhaskar.