Kruse Motorsport ready to take the challenge of "Green Hell" again
The 35th ADAC Zurich 24h-Race will take place from 7th - 10th June 2007 at the Nurburgring with a mission to accomplish for Kruse Motorsport. That is to bring team principal Ian Mitchell and his team mates safely from start to finish as the passionate Englishman participates in his first race since his horrible accident at the Nordschleife during the 4th VLN-Round in 2006.
This year Mitchel who runs a very successful property fund management company will be racing a self constructed 540 hp BMW Z4 GTR alongside Hardy Schiller and 13-times VLN-Champion Arno Klasen. The Kruse BMW is the first of four cars planned to be built. Three cars - available with Ethanol powered engines - will be for sale to customers.
Ian Mitchell (Team Principal and Driver): "This will be the first major race that I will be competing in since my accident at the ring in May 2006. Now fully fit again, I cannot wait to get back in the drivers seat, its fantastic that for my first race back I will driving again with my teams mates Hardy & Arno in Kruse Motorsport's long awaited BMW Z4GTR. The fact that this race comes between the pre-test of our Pescarolo LMP2 LeMans entry & the LeMans 24hrs race itself means the Kruse team have had to work exceptionally hard to get both cars ready in time. We hope our experienced driver line up and the competitive Z4, will overcome our lack of testing time in the car and enable us to score a podium finish on its maiden outing. The BMW Z4 GTR was originally designed to run on Bio- ethanol fuel, so we are disappointed that the VLN regulations prevent us from doing so and remain competitive. We are hopeful that the regulations are changed to enable us to run bio-ethanol in 2008."
Kai Kruse (Team Manager): "The 24 Hours at the Nurburgring are definitely another highlight on our calendar as we will be racing in front of 200,000 spectators on the most beautiful race circuit in the world. The team have put a lot of effort into preparing both cars, the BMW Z4 GTR for the Nordschleife and the Pescarolo Judd V8 for the Le Mans 24 Hours. I am extremely happy for Ian, because I know that racing is in his blood and that it was a hard time for him to wait for his comeback. I can only promise that we will give our very best to achieve a reasonable result. Anyway, Arno, Hardy and Ian will be enjoying the action in one of the most powerful and modern cars on the grid."