LONDON - David Ward confirmed on Thursday that he has decided to challenge Jean Todt for the presidency of global motorsport governing body the FIA. The Briton has resigned from his post as DG of the FIA Foundation after 12 years to stand against Todt in the December 2-6 election in Paris. "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 the correct course of action is to resign. "Election processes inevitably involve robust and lively debate and whilst the Foundation is independent so there is no legal requirement for me to resign, but it is in the best interests of the charity I stand down now." –AFP