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OMV to sponsor Down Town Special in Cyprus Rally September 8, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Racing & Motors.
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OMV have announced that they will support the Cyprus Rally, the twelfth round in the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship, having been named the ‘patron’ of the Down Town Special, the 3.24 kilometre super special stage that will conclude the event.

The Down Town Special, which will run through the heart of Limassol and which will be broadcast live on Eurosport, is a new initiative for this year’s event, billed by the promoters as a chance to bring the ‘glamour of F1’s Monaco Grand Prix to the Mediterranean coast resort’. Following the agreement it will be known as the ‘OMV Down Town Special’.

“The organisation of super stages offers the opportunity for live coverage to TV stations worldwide. This is extremely important for any kind of sport. This year it has become the standard at most events. We are glad to support the increasing attractiveness of rallying since it also reinforces our international presence,” explained OMV’s head of sponsoring Brigitte Muhlwisch.

The announcement means that OMV further increase their already considerable presence in the sport, and in addition to being the title sponsor of the OMV ADAC Rallye Deutschland, OMV also supports the OMV Peugeot Norway WRT, the OMV CEE WRT, in the Production Car WRC and Aaron Burkart, who competes in the Junior WRC in a OMV branded Citroen C2 S1600.

Manfred Stohl, who competes in a Peugeot 307 WRC-run by Bozian Racing, under the OMV Peugeot Norway WRT banner, reckons that the DTS will definitely be a hit: “Super stages are the ideal platform to bring rallying directly to the fans. I am sure that the OMV Down Town Special in Limassol will be an absolute highlight of this year’s World Championship,” he added.

The Cyprus Rally, gets underway later this month, running from September 22-24.

Source: crash.net

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