Barzani racing team in need of Sponsorship for Porsche Championship 2013
The image of Kurdistan is growing internationally, and with that comes a greater need to sponsor activities of talented people
Masrour Barzani sponsored the Kurdish racing team at last year’s racing competition in the Porsche Championship, but this year the team is in need of official sponsorship.
The Kurdish image is growing, and alongside it the sources that help promote it are increasing. In a recent interview with Kurdish Globe, Isaac Tutumlu expressed his determination to help promote Kurdistan through the Barzani racing team. He also addressed the urgency for sponsorship to maintain the team throughout the 2013 racing championship.
The year 2012 was marked by great achievements not only for the Kurdish- Spanish racer Isaac Tutumlu, but for a team representing Kurdistan who helped frame Kurds away from the normal political sphere to a world of sport and prestige championship.
‘Last year we got many good achievement, we have been accepted and recognized by the Federation International Automobile to officially represent Kurdistan and promote tourism in Kurdistan’, said Isaac.
As last year’s racing competitions ended so did the sponsorship sources for the Kurdish team. Masrour Barzani helped to create and run the team in 2012, this season however the team needs an official sponsor to run the Porsche Supercup together with the Formula One World Championship. Isaac emphasized that, ‘last year Masrour Barzani paid the full budget to run the Barzani Racing Team but this year we should get financial assistance from companies, government or private sponsors’.
For Isaac racing is a passion, he is equally driven to promote the Kurds and Kurdistan in a worldwide scene of prestige racing throughout competitions in Europe, Middle East and USA. He has previously been sponsored by other non-Kurdish sources that continued their support until he decided to use his talent to race the Kurdish name and promote his heritage, which he is proud of showing.
Isaac and his team have only two weeks to report to Porsche, demonstrating what their budget is for this year. The budget is set at a minimum of 400,000 Euros in order to represent a team in the 2013 Supercup. Isaac is seeking support for his team from the Kurdish Regional Government, companies and other financially well-off Kurds to help raise the required budget in order to represent Kurdistan in the world racing competition this year.
According to Isaac, Kurdish people have neglected sport because for a long period of time they have struggled for self-determination, independence and in some cases the right to live. He says, the longing for establishing a Kurdish state has taken the focus of Kurdish people off, and he believes the importance of sports has been underestimated. He believes Kurdistan’s participation in world racing championships can bridge the gap between the Kurdish political struggle and the diplomatic representation that can raise awareness about Kurdish influence, and achievements on an international platform.
The 27- year old racer is determined to prevent the Kurdish racing team from being refused to participate in this year’s Porsche Supercup, but this can only be done with the help of sponsorship and generous Kurdish support. He expresses his apprecia- tion for the great support he received from Masrour Barzani and his family, however without an extended financial support from Kurds the team will not be able to continue.
‘My dream is to one day to go back to Kurdistan and help establish a strong and great team that attracts young talents that are passionate about such a career. But first we need to create a platform on which we can build support, experience and world recognition in the sport of racing, and it can only be done collectively’.
Isaac also stresses that though he is proud to carry the name of team Barzani, the name Kurdistan is marked even larger on his vehicle and himself as the team’s face, which represents the Kurdistan and Kurds worldwide. The Kurdish team has limited time to prove to Porsche that they are financially ready to race in a worldclass car racing competition, and for Isaac it is ‘now or never’.
The Kurdish- Spanish racer Isaac Tutumlu holding the Kurdish flag.