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

The Kurdish Globe - - COMMENT & ANALYSIS - Diane Rah

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.

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