Jean Todt has a fight on his hands to hold on to his presidency of the FIA.
With an election due in Paris from December 2-6, David Ward has confirmed he has resigned his post as director general of the FIA Foundation after 12 years and is to stand against Todt.
Early last month Ward suggested he might run as a candidate, albeit reluctantly, but appreciating if there is to be a debate then there has to be a choice.
In a statement released by the 56-year-old Briton he said: "After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA presidential election.
"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 the correct course of action is to resign.
"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 it is in the best interests of the charity I stand down now."
Ward has strong political connections within the FIA as he was aide to former president Max Mosley during his time in charge.
Before joining the FIA, Ward was also an advisor to former Labour party leader John Smith, and was on the board of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
Amongst his many current roles, Ward is the executive secretary of the independent Commission for Global Road Safety; a member of the Executive Board of the World Bank's Global Road Safety Facility, and represents the FIA Foundation in the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and is co-chair of its Vehicle Safety Project Group.