29th November, 2011
Plans are underway to stage a world class MotorSport Championship in Nigeria early next year.
This was revealed by the CEO of GRC Motorsport, Mr. Ribi Adeshokan, who said that GRCâ€™s plan to introduce MotorSport to Africa in the last five years has yielded positive results.
â€œWe have been taken Africans to car racing competitions and race driving in the UK and we think it is high time we bring the tournament down to Africa and Nigeria as a starting point,â€ said Adeshokan.
â€œThe MotorSportâ€™s world body, France-based Federation of International Automobile, FIA has given its approval for us to organise the FIA GT World Series in Nigeria.
â€œThis will be a historic event to present black race in MotorSport. We have been working on how we can put a team together to represent Nigeria. This team will be called Team Nigeria Racing Eagles,â€ he said.
According to Adeshokan, the Racing Eagles will comprise three drivers. The lead driver is Mr. Sam Collins, a UK based Nigerian, who is currently competing in Euro Nascar tourney. The second driver is called a Gentleman driver, he is Mr. Bolaji Odunsi, who is a Nigerian, a seasoned driver based in the UK. The third driver in the team will be selected through a TV Reality Show, where Nigerian youth will compete for the slot for us to get a good driver among them.
â€œ After weâ€™ve put the Racing Eagles together, weâ€™re planning to involve this team in racing circuits around the world. This will take them to different tournaments across some cities in the world to end up in Nigeria for the GT World Series.
â€œItâ€™ll be an exciting experience for the team as they will feature in racing tourneys in Australia, China, UAE, Germany, Belgium to mention a few. The circuits will end in Nigeria and we are thinking of staging the GT World Series in March, 2012 in Nigeria,â€ he said.
Adeshokan further disclosed that GRC has mapped out series of activities between now and the month of the competition next year to drive sponsorship, create awareness among Nigerians and put up structures to ensure a successful staging of the FIA GT World Series in Nigeria.