Bathurst 24-hour invites Daytona 24 winner

Daytona winner points Porsche toward Bathurst 24-hour challenge The winner of one of the world's premier sports car endurance races, the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona Beach, Florida, says he wants to bring his Porsche team to Australia's Bathurst ...

Daytona winner points Porsche toward Bathurst 24-hour challenge

The winner of one of the world's premier sports car endurance races, the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona Beach, Florida, says he wants to bring his Porsche team to Australia's Bathurst 24-Hour next November.

Kevin Buckler, owner and driver of The Racers Group team which took first place at Daytona in a Porsche GT3 RS early this mornng (Australian time), said after the race he had been disappointed to miss the inaugural Bathurst last November, but was keen to be part of an expected bigger field in 2003

Buickler,Michael Schrom, Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister crossed the line at 1 pm local time nine laps ahead of the Ferrari 360GT of Rizi Competizione, with a Rennworks Porsche GT3 RS 11 laps further behind, in third.

The Racers Group Porsche held the lead for most of the race after the sixth hour.

Buckler has confirmed his desire to bring his California-based team to Bathurst, during discussions with organiser PROCAR Australia. He has spoken by phone to officials in the Queensland head office and met the promoter's new European Motorsport Manager Astrid Kunz at Daytona today.

Ms Kunz said several Daytona entrants expressed strong intetest in coming to Bathurst, although it was too soon for any to make commitments. Buckler said he was currently seeking sponsorship for his Australian entry.

The Racers Group competed in Adelaide's Race of a Thousand Years on new year's eve 2000, with Australians Darren Palmer and Christian D'Agostin part of the driving squad.

Bathurst 2002 competitors figured strongly in the Daytona event, which attracted 45 starters.

David Brabham, who drove a Porsche at Mount Panorama, stepped up to a Ford-powered Daytona Protoype sports car to claim fourth outright with co-drivers Maxwell and Empringham.

The British Rollcentre Racing Mosler MT900R that finished second at Bathurst came home at Daytona 15th outright and fourth in class, running to more powerful GTS regulations, with owner Martin Short and co-drivers Burtn, Herridge, and Shep at the wheel.

A second Mosler entered by Rollcentre Racing finished 12th outright and third in class,with Barff, Britnell, Stanton and Suth sharing driving duties.

The Porsche GT3 RS and Ferrari 360GT models that finished first and second at Daytona are eligible to compete in this year's Australian Nations Cup Championship and also are entered for the non-championship Cleanevent Nations Cup races at the Australian Grand Prix meeting in Melbourne next month.

-bathurst.au-

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Series Grand-Am , Road racing
Drivers David Brabham , Kevin Buckler , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Michael Schrom , Martin Short , Christian D'Agostin