New ‘motorsport Olympics’ to be launched later this year – and will feature everything from drifting to ‘simulated racing’


SOME of the world’s best motorsport drivers will battle it out later this year in a new Olympics-style competition.

And it will feature everything from drifting to “simulated” driving.

 The four-day event is expected to include Formula 4, GT racing and even digital racing

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The four-day event is expected to include Formula 4, GT racing and even digital racing

The World Motor Sport Council announced last week a new multidisciplinary Olympics-style event, will be held in Rome from October 31 to November 3.

Called the FIA Motorsport Games, the four-day event will see drivers from six different categories – including GT racing, touring cars, Formula 4, drifting, karting slalom and simulated racing (aka digital motorsport) – battle it out.

And rather than representing themselves or a manufacturer, drivers will compete for their home country.

Like the Olympics, there will be a gold, silver and bronze medals awarded in each category which will then go towards an overall medal table.

 Drifters from around the world will compete for a medal

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Drifters from around the world will compete for a medalCredit: Corbis – Getty

No details have been shared about which circuits will be used in the yearly event.

It’s also currently unknown as to how many countries and which drivers will take place in the competition.

There are 23 different countries, including the UK, Italy, Spain, the United States and Australia, which are represented by members of the FIA Council.

The event is likely to clash with the lead up to United States Grand Prix and Malaysian MotoGP, which both start on November 3.

Motorsport has never been represented in the actual Olympics as the games don’t allow machine-based sports to compete.

And there has never been an official FIA-recognised event which pitted countries against each other.

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