Oschersleben: Team Maranello Concessionaires preview

After finishing on the podium yet again during round seven of the FIA GT Championship in Sweden on 7 September with race car number 88 (Davies/Turner), TMC's crew remained at the circuit to prepare the cars for round eight in Germany this coming...

After finishing on the podium yet again during round seven of the FIA GT Championship in Sweden on 7 September with race car number 88 (Davies/Turner), TMC's crew remained at the circuit to prepare the cars for round eight in Germany this coming weekend (20/21 September). The electrical problems that caused the retirement of the team's race car number 89 (Burt/Mullen) have now been identified and resolved.

Lying second in both the Team's Classification and Drivers' Championship (with Jamie Davies), the team is now on its way to Germany in good spirits and ready to continue its fight for class honours.

Oschersleben will also mark the launch of an exciting new initiative for TMC. In conjunction with Universal Pictures International (UPI), the team's two Ferrari 360 N/GT race cars and transporters will be carrying branding to promote the highly-anticipated international DVD/Video launch in October 2003 of the box-office hit movie, "2 Fast 2 Furious". Directed by John Singleton and starring Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson and Eva Mendes, this 'high-octane' action movie was a smash hit in cinemas across the world earlier this year, grossing $102 million at the international box office to date.

TMC's highly-visible branded transporters and race cars will travel across Europe as the team competes at the remaining FIA GT Championship circuits, with round eight taking place in Oschersleben on 20/21 September. The joint venture will culminate in a VIP weekend for 20 international prizewinners from four Universal territories at the world-famous Monza track in Italy during the final round of the Championship on 18/19 October. The FIA GT Championship events are to be televised by Eurosport and additional coverage will be provided by TMC's own 'Ferrari Racing' documentary programme on Sky Sports.

In addition, four of the lucky winners will also have an opportunity to be driven around the Monza circuit in one of the team's race cars. Jamie Davies, the 2003 GTS-class 24 Hours of Le Mans winner with Veloqx Prodrive Racing (TMC's joint venture racing programme with Banbury-based Prodrive and Swiss-based Care Racing), will be behind the wheel.

Mary Daily, President of Marketing at Universal Pictures International commented, "Universal is constantly seeking innovative ways to market our video/DVD releases and we are proud to break new ground in our unique and exciting partnership with the Ferrari race team at Team Maranello Concessionaires. The DVD movie message is not traditionally communicated in the motorsports arena and we feel the association between our all-action hit movie and a high-performance race team is a perfect fit".

"This initiative provides the team with an opportunity to gain additional profile and to mark the launch of Universal's "2 Fast 2 Furious" on video and in DVD format across Europe in an exciting and inventive way," announced John Newman, TMC's Commercial Director. "UPI approached us having found the prospect of working with a high-profile competitor in the FIA GT Championship appealing. This is a great endorsement not only of the work we have done as a team in respect of our competitiveness, presentation and professionalism, but of the quality and profile of the Championship itself."

Universal Pictures International (UPI) markets and distributes all filmed entertainment video product as well as all Universal and DreamWorks product released on video outside the U.S. and Canada. UPI is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Vivendi UNIVERSAL Entertainment (VUE) (www.universalstudios.com), the U.S.-based film, television and recreation entity of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Jamie Davies