AGT boss to meet Ratel for Asia Pacific GT talks

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The owner of the growing Australian GT Championship is hoping to forge closer ties with Global GT boss Stephane Ratel

Tony Quinn will meet with Blancpain GT Series boss Stephane Ratel in Europe next month to continue talks over a proposed Asia Pacific GT event at Hampton Downs.

The Australian GT owner and category manager Ken Collier will head to the Blancpain Sprint Series round at Germany’s Nurburgring circuit (September 19-20) to further discuss Ratel’s Asia Pacific GT endurance series plans.

The Blancpain GT Series founder initially contacted Quinn earlier this month to investigate the availability of his New Zealand venues Highlands Park and Hampton Downs, which has prompted the latest meeting.

Talks are expected to centre around New Zealand as Ratel looks to build a minimum three round Asia Pacific GT3 endurance series, including the Sepang 12 Hour and Bathurst 12 Hour events.

Quinn says he is also keen to discuss matters regarding the Australian GT racing scene.

“He (Stephane) is pretty keen to catch up and we are obviously keen to catch up too,” Quinn told Speedcafe.com.

Blancpain GT Series founder Stephane Ratel

Blancpain GT Series founder Stephane Ratel

“We will sit around a round table and if it (a GT endurance round at Hampton Downs) works for everybody I think we have the ability at this end of the world to make it happen.

“If there is any way I can help Stephane, Blancpain GT, V8 Supercars, Bathurst, AGT or whatever I will.

“I think it would be good to somehow get Stephane down this end of the world to have a look at what we have got.

“His initial contact was because he wanted to come to New Zealand so that is what it is about, but aside from that, if he wants to talk about Bathurst, Eastern Creek and about going to Australia and New Zealand then so be it.

“I think we can all sit down and try to do the best thing for each country.”

While keen to establish an Asia Pacific GT endurance series, Ratel has already confirmed his plans hinge on the success of the Sepang 12 Hour, which his SRO organisation has recently taken over.

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