David Ward has confirmed that he will run against Jean Todt for the presidency of the FIA, motorsport's governing body.
Ward, an ally of former FIA president Max Mosley, announced on Thursday that he had quit his job as director general to the Foundation, a position he has filled for the past 12 years.
The 56-year-old will instead run against Todt for the job of FIA president.
"After much careful thought, I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA Presidential election," Ward said.
"The election period begins in September and it will be necessary for me to approach FIA members to secure nominations. In these circumstances, I think that the correct course of action is to resign [my current post].
"Election processes inevitably involve robust and lively debate and, whilst the Foundation is independent and there is no legal requirement for me to resign, I believe that it is in the best interests of the charity that I stand down now."
Ward's deputy, Saul Billingsley, has been appointed as acting director general pending the employment of a permanent successor.
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