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FIA, ACO Extend Collaboration Agreement

FIA, ACO extend collaboration agreement ahead of the 89th 24 Hours of Le Mans…

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The FIA and the ACO have signed an extension to their collaboration which includes working on the FIA World Endurance Championship.

FIA President Jean Todt and ACO President Pierre Fillon signed the Accords Le Mans agreement ahead of this weekend’s 89th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The FIA-ACO collaboration was most recently re-signed in 2017 for three seasons, while the length of the latest extension has not been communicated.

“The partnership between the FIA and the ACO provides the much-needed stability on the promotional side, which is key to support the positive developments in the FIA World Endurance Championship,” said Todt.

“On that front there’s plenty to look forward to, including the Hypercar category and the influx of manufacturers.

“Therefore, formalizing the continuation of the cooperation was an obvious decision. Endurance racing has solid foundations for the future.”

The FIA and ACO have worked on the World Endurance Championship since its inaugural season in 2012 and are set to collaborate “hand in hand” on the series’ future including the arrival of more top-level prototype entries and updates to LMP2 and GT.

“At the dawn of a new golden age of endurance racing, we are delighted to extend our agreement with the FIA,” Fillon commented.

“The growing interest in our discipline and the return of the greatest automotive brands to the top class is proof that our collaboration is fruitful.

“The next few years offer prospects the likes of which endurance racing has never seen.

“The FIA World Endurance Championship has never been so popular, and we are delighted to be pursuing our partnership with international motorsport’s governing body.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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