Dutch body unhappy about vote outcome
By Simon Strang and Pablo Elizalde, Tuesday, June 3rd 2008, 12:01 GMT
Dutch motoring body president Guido Van Woerkom said he was unhappy but not surprised about the outcome of today's confidence vote against FIA president Max Mosley.
"I am not quite surprised but I am not happy," said ANWB's Van Woerkom after Mosley got the support to stay at the helm of the governing body.
"I voted against. I wrote a letter with 34 other, bigger clubs, to ask Max to step down by at least November 2008, but the outcome is different."
Van Woerkom believes Mosley benefited from the votes of smaller clubs, but he reckons the bigger bodies were against him.
"Well, we've known Max for a long time. He is always pushing the arguments against him away and he is promoting his own arguments," he added.
"And he has a lot of contacts with the smaller clubs and what we have seen in the general assembly is that more or less the smaller clubs are in favour.
"But when you look to the bigger clubs, the AAA (USA), the triple A in Australia, the JAF (Japan) of 70 million members, the ADAC in Germany, the NWB in the Netherlands, they all are against. So when you count the members behind the members then I don't think he will succeed."
Van Woerkom suggested some clubs are now likely to withdawn all involvement with the FIA, following ADAC's example.
"Yes, well, I am now away to have a lunch with those clubs and maybe that is the outcome of that discussion," he said.
Van Woerkom also said that it was normal that the clubs getting money from the FIA voted in favour of Mosley, although he denied there was corruption involved.
"It is more or less difficult to say, but there is a lot of money going around and if you get a small piece of that bread it can be very nice to eat," Van Woerkom said.
"Corrupt is not the way, I won't say it. But when you look at the McLaren fine, that is a lot of money, and when you get something from that you are more or less in favour of the people giving you that bread.
"So that's normal in life, although in some countries that's normal."