PROCAR signs European Manager to seek more international entries for Bathurst 24-Hour. Australian motor racing promoter PROCAR Australia has appointed a European Motorsport Manager, Ms Astrid Kunz, to help bring more international entries to its...
PROCAR signs European Manager to seek more international entries for Bathurst 24-Hour.
Australian motor racing promoter PROCAR Australia has appointed a European Motorsport Manager, Ms Astrid Kunz, to help bring more international entries to its Bathurst 24-Hour race.
Ms Kunz, who is based in Germany, will target European, British and United States teams competing in major long distance events such as the 24 hours of Le Mans (France), Daytona (USA), Nurburgring (Germany) and Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), plus international series including the FIA GT Championship.
Eight overseas-based cars and more than 30 international drivers took part in the inaugural Bathurst 24-Hour last November, but the event's success and the positive reactions of teams have encouraged the organisers to expect a bigger contingent for the second race, scheduled for 21-23 November this year.
Ms Kunz, who has been visiting Australia to discuss plans for the next Bathurst 24-Hour, returns to Germany today and will attend the Daytona 24-hours in Florida on 1-2 February.
PROCAR's Deputy Executive Chairman, John Cowley, said Ms Kunz would not only promote the event to potential overseas entrants, but also assist them with issues such as travel and transport.
"PROCAR Australia sees great potential for the Bathurst 24-Hour to become a very big international event," Mr Cowley said.
"The Mount Panorama circuit has an enormous reputation and more than ever before drivers from around the world are wanting to have a crack at it because they know there is now a race they can enter.
"We have appointed a European Motorsport Manager to make sure we get these drivers. One of Astrid's first jobs will be to contact the many overseas teams that have approached us since the race and turn their interest into entries."
Ms Kunz also will represent PROCAR Australia for any matters in Europe relating to the Australian Nations Cup Championship, Australian GT Performance Championship, Australian Production Car Championship and V8 BRute Series.
She has had wide experience as a motorsport manager, organising teams and drivers for endurance races throughout Europe, including a number of Australian drivers who contest the Nurburgring 24-hours each June.
She organised the entry from Austria of the two Duller Motorsport BMW M3 coupes that finished an outstanding third and fourth outright at Bathurst.