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Todt re-elected FIA President

Jean Todt has been re-elected as President of the FIA for a second four-year term after running unopposed in Friday's Paris vote.

The Frenchman was ultimately unchallenged for the most powerful role in world motorsport after prospective presidential candidate after failing to garner sufficient support in his bid for office.

With the result therefore a formality several weeks ago, Todt's re-election was officially ratified at the governing body's Annual General Assembly in the French capital on Friday morning.

Todt later announced an "ambitious" set of goals for his second term, which would be "built on the solid foundations that the reforms of the last four years have put in place".

Addressing the assembly, which comprises over 230 national motoring and sporting organisations worldwide, the 67-year-old said: "I want to let you know how much your warm support moved me and influenced my decision to run again. As a team we decided to put ourselves forward to continue the work of our first four years and introduce a new platform for our federation.

"We are aware of what we need to do for our organisation to take the next steps and we are determined to succeed, with your help."

Todt's manifesto set out a plan based on 'four pillars': improving the FIA's governance and administration; motor sport development (particularly at grassroots level); mobility; and road safety and sustainable development.

He added: "Our common goal, our common ambition, is for the FIA and its global network to become ever stronger, more united and more respected around the world.

"We understand and appreciate the responsibilities you have given us. In the four years to come, we will be committed to work on these goals, to serve the FIA, to defend your interests, and to promote our sport and mobility for the motorist. Together, we are going to go further and bring the FIA to a higher level."

He was also congratulated by Ward, who stood against him because he feels Todt's attempts to improve the FIA's governance have been insufficient.

The Briton, who resigned his role as head of the FIA Foundation in August in order to run for the presidency, has also questioned the election procedure.

In particular, he campaigned against the use of 'support letters', in which member clubs pledged allegiance to Todt but Ward said lessened the chance any opponent might have of gaining backing.

After more than a decade of record-breaking success as Ferrari's Team Principal, Todt was long-time FIA chief Max Mosley's preferred successor and was first elected President in 2009 after comfortably winning the vote of the governing body's members ahead of former World Rally champion Ari Vatanen.