By Ola Akanni
The Automobile and Touring Club of Nigeria (ATCN) has announced the appointment of Nigerian Star Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, popular known as, D’banj as the team captain and spokesman for Nigeria to the 2021 FIA Motorsport Games in Marseille, France.
ATCN President Ishaku Bamaiyi made the announcement at the unveiling of the FIA sanctioned Racing Nigeria Motorsport Games in Abuja.
D’banj expressed excitement for the opportunity to lead the Nigerian team. He said motorsport would provide a massive opportunity for the Nigerian youth to be engaged.
He also added that his involvement in motorsport would ensure that the sport receives positive vibes, right exposure, funding and required investment.
Bamaiyi said that Dbanj ticked all the requirements set by Federation International de I’Automobile (FIA) as he is a motorsport enthusiast, an icon and a popular figure in the country.
He noted that the inaugural Festival of Motorsport, which holds in Abuja from June 16 to 19 2021, will serve as the qualifying series for the FIA Motorsport Games to give everyone the opportunity to try out his/her skills.
He listed the disciplines that will be competed for at the Festival billed for Baze University and Central Park, Abuja to include Karting (junior and senior), Karting endurance, Karting Slalom, Auto Slalom, Digital Games, Drifting and Rally 2.
According to Bamaiyi, to reinforce its support to the development of motorsport in Nigeria, FIA has appointed Emirates Motorsport Organization (EMSO) as the regional training provider to train Nigerians. He added that the Festival of Motorsport will be the platform to train Nigerians and prepare them for international competitions whether organised by the FIA or affiliate clubs, except where it is for individuals.