World Car Awards - Juror Profile

JAPAN
 


KUMI SATO

Motor journalist and racing driver: CarTop, Motor Magazine, CarView, Holiday Auto, Engine, The Motor Weekly FM radio

After graduating from university with a pharmacist qualification, Sato turned her sights to her number one passion: racing. Starting in her early 20s, she has competed in Japan's N1 Endurance Series, the All-Japan GT Championships, the Spa 24-hours and the Nurburgring 24-hours, a feat that led to the local media calling her "Queen of endurance racing."

Using her racing experience, she ventured into automotive media and now contributes stories to major print and web-based publications including Carview and Cliccar, in addition to regular appearances on TV and radio.

Her skills are also in great demand by manufacturers as a driving instructor for on-road and ice driving. Sato is a juror for the Japan COTY awards.