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An eye on the future

We are facing another local season on the sidelines, but unlike 12-months ago prospects are looking nothing but positive.

I?ve put countless hours of effort into putting a package together for the New Zealand Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, since my return from Italy and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in September. Time was never on our side, but we gave it a shot nevertheless.

At the same time though, we have been quietly working away on my future in motorsport overseas. As terrific as the New Zealand championship is and as handy as it would have been for seat time, big picture thinking had to take precedence.

It has become more important for us to focus on what looks to be a terrific opportunity overseas and channel all of our energies into that, because of its long reaching benefits and the potential of securing a full time seat in one or more competitive international championships.

Generally when someone doesn?t end up racing not much is said. People tend to recoil. I don?t see this as being very professional, and I am conscious that there are many family members, friends, past-and present supporters and the like that are interested in where we are at right now, and why.

Details will come to light in good time. Motorsport is a world shrouded in secrets and paranoia ? for fear of protection of one?s reputation and integrity sometimes we need to keep out mouths zipped and get things over the line before talking about them candidly.

There is a good chance I will be back in a car in the New Year in New Zealand in preparations for our overseas plans for 2011. But, it won?t be a Porsche?

To everyone who has offered me their time and assistance over the last six weeks of intensive fundraising for the NZ championship, I thank you and apologise that it didn?t come off, but I am confident that what we have in the pipeline will be as exciting and surprising for all of you as it is becoming for myself and my family.

I wish the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series the best of luck for the upcoming championship, and look forward to seeing Bairdo and Jonny ?J1? Reid do battle from opposing camps once again.

Onwards and upwards!