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Official BMW WilliamsF1 Team Supporters Club launched 23/02/2004

BMW WilliamsF1 Team Supporters Club was officially launched at Corradino Sports Pavilion, the official club premises.  The new club is supported by three leading sponsors namely BMW, Budweiser and HP, and is open to all those who love the Grand Prix and fans of the BMW WilliamsF1 Team, a global leader in Formula One.

Speaking during the press conference, the President of the new BMW WilliamsF1 Team Supporters Club, Mr Andrew Manduca, said: “This club welcomes not only fans of WilliamsF1 but it will serve as an opportunity to meet all motor sports enthusiasts in Malta.  We are planning to organise unique opportunities for our club members to get close to the real BMW WilliamsF1 team and to experience the fascinating world of motor racing”.

“Negotiations already started to bring over the superb BMW WilliamsF1 FW25 to Malta in the near future. No doubt, that our plans could only be made possible with the help of our three main sponsors.  We thank BMW, Budweiser and HP for their commitment and support and in ensuring the success of the club,” added Mr Manduca.

“The motor racing interest in Malta is growing strong.  Our club will help to increase enthusiasm for both this motor sport and the BMW WilliamsF1 Team,” said Michael Debono, Club Secretary. “Motor sport is a truly drug free sport and we will be endeavoring to ensure that support is extended by the relevant authorities to promote this sport in Malta”.

Mr Henry Scicluna, General Manager of Muscats Motors Ltd., importers and distributors of BMW cars and motorbikes in Malta, said:  “Formula 1 was more exciting in the 2003 season than it has been for a long time and the BMW Williams F1 Team contributed to this excitement with one of the best engines on the grid and they fought for the title up to the last race. The drivers and team this year have a common goal: the world championship title.”  

“We are pleased to be one of the main sponsors for the setting up of this club together with Budweiser and HP,” he concluded.

Wands Limited Managing Director, Mr Anthony J. Tabone, said: “The sponsorship deal between BMW Williams and Budweiser has given us the opportunity to co-operate with a very enthusiastic team of people who are all keen on the BMW Williams F1. We are very pleased to have been a catalyst for the setting up of this club and members would certainly benefit from Budweiser’s association with the Club.” Wands Limited are importers and distributors of Budweiser in Malta.

BMW WilliamsF1 Team is currently undergoing numerous tests before the opening of the first Grand Prix 2004.  Both Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya are well aware that a good result in Melbourne and the subsequent races in Malaysia and Bahrain are the foundation for a successful year.

WilliamsF1 has been synonymous with the best in Formula One racing for over 25 years. Formed in 1977 by Frank Williams and Patrick Head, the company has secured 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles and won 112 Grands Prix.  The company today employs around 500 personnel on a 40-acre technology campus outside Oxford, UK.  In 2000, the company entered a major partnership with BMW, and together, the Anglo-German BMW WilliamsF1 Team has won eight Grands Prix.

Fans of motor racing sport and BMW WilliamsF1 Team are invited to join the new club.  Further information or requests for membership application forms may be obtained by calling 99471068 or 99429355 or write to: bmwwill@di-ve.com.