MONZA, Italy (AP) - David Ward has stepped up his bid to become motorsports president by proposing a range of reforms to strengthen the "effectiveness and accountability" of the governing body.
After recently resigning from his longstanding position as director general of the FIA foundation, Ward announced last month that he will challenge current International Automobile Federation President Jean Todt in the Dec. 2-6 election in Paris.
Todt has been president since 2009 and has until late October to officially confirm he will run for a new four-year term.
Ward sent a letter to the presidents of all the FIA member clubs entitled "Agenda for Change." It was published Friday on his campaign website and proposed 20 reforms.
"Jean Todt's presidency has solid achievements to highlight and I am still proud to have played a key role in his successful 2009 election," Ward said. "However, that does not mean that further change isn't necessary to ensure that the FIA develops a governance system that meets global best practices."
The proposed reforms include appointing a chief executive - hired through an open recruitment policy and on a fixed-term contract - and setting up a new management board and a supervisory board.
The 56-year-old Briton also suggests limiting the term of the FIA president to two terms as well as introducing cost controls to enable higher levels of investment.