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D’BANJ LEADS NIGERIA TO MOTORSPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, better known by his stage name D’banj, was appointed Captain of the Racing Nigeria Motorsport Team on Friday.

This is in preparation for the World Championships of the Federation Internationale de l’ Automobile (FIA) in October.

D’banj was unveiled at a ceremony in Abuja attended by motorsport personalities such as Alhaji Mahdi Mohammed, the Deputy Governor of Zamfara, according to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN).

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The unveiling, according to Ishaku Bamaiyi, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of Nigeria (ATCN), was the first step in preparing the country’s members for the world championships in Marseille, France. 

“The first FIA Motorsport Games, held in Rome, Italy, in 2019, attracted around 46 countries to compete in the championship. The next event was originally scheduled for October 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed and rescheduled for October 2021, freeing up space to expand the number of motorsport disciplines from six to eighteen. After reviewing our plans for the advancement of motorsport in Nigeria, the FIA has requested that the ATCN form a team to compete in the FIA Motorsport Games in 2021. As a result, the Festival of Motorsport was born, which will serve as our qualifying series for the FIA Motorsport Games, allowing everyone to put their skills to the test.

“All other disciplines, with the exception of the Karting Sprint Junior and Senior, are mixed gender, with a minimum of two and a maximum of four competitors in a team in the discipline we wish to participate in.

“We intend to participate in karting junior and senior, karting endurance, karting slalom, auto slalom, digital games, drifting, and rally 2,” Bamaiyi explained.

He mentioned that a Festival of Motorsport will be held in Abuja from June 16 to June 19 to further refine the talents of World Championship competitors.

Nigerian youths will benefit from Motorsport, according to the Deputy Governor of Zamfara, who won a ‘Motor Treasure Hunt’ in 2014.

“Youths will be drawn to motorsport because they do not need to attend school to learn how to drive a fast car or compete in a car race.

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