The D.D. Shostakovich Academic Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg hosted the 2018 Awards Gala for the World Champions of Motorsport for the first time in Russia. The idea generator and director of the award ceremony and gala concert was Hans-Joachim Frey.

Guests of honour at the event included seven-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton, representatives of the FIA headed by its President Jean Todt, the President of the Russian Automobile Federation (RAF) Viktor Kiryanov, eight-time World Rally Champions Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, European Rally Champions Alexei Lukyanuk and Alexey Arnautov, founder and programme director of SMP Racing Boris Rotenberg and many others.