The KL Minardi team today announced details of its exciting programme at the 2002 Bologna Motor Show. The high-profile exhibition, which is open to the public from December 7 to December 15 (December 5 and 6 are exclusive Media Days) at the Fiera di Bologna, this year features a 600-metre oval circuit that will reverberate to the sound of a pair of Minardi F1x2 cars driven by accomplished racers, Matteo Bobbi and David Saelens. Both men are regular high-speed "chauffeurs" with the team's unique, and highly popular, two-seater Formula One programme.
The cars will run twice daily for three successive days, starting on December 7, with passengers nominated by team sponsors, including OZ and BER Racing, and media partners, La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Autosprint and the RADIO 105 network. Adding to the interest, all three media partners are currently running competitions, with the once-in-a-lifetime prize for each winner being a Minardi F1x2 passenger ride. The Bologna Motor Show is a major international exhibition and is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors per day during the nine days it is open to the public. Fittingly, Minardi will enjoy a high-profile presence throughout the event.
The team will have an impressive static display (Pavilion 24, Stand 96) featuring a PS02 Formula One car, an F1 motorhome, a gazebo for guests, and a bar. In addition, technical partners, Netscalibur and Brevi, will provide two internet points for visitors and one for the team, while LG has kindly provided a pair of its latest Plasma screens to show images of the team in action in 2002.
For visitors wanting to purchase Minardi merchandise, new commercial partner and official clothing supplier, Madamar, will offer team items for sale, while long-standing Minardi sponsor, Allegrini, will distribute its own range of gadgets and accessories.
"We are looking forward to meeting more of the team's many fans in the course of this important international exhibition," says Minardi Team Principal, Paul Stoddart. "We've enjoyed some absolutely wonderful events with the F1x2 cars during 2002, including running in front of the Petronas twin towers in Kuala Lumpur, on the streets of Melbourne during Australian Grand Prix week, at the A-1 Ring in Austria, with Damon Hill for Thunder in the Park 2 at Donington, and most recently, at Imola, for Minardi Day."
"Despite the very different venues, however, there is a common thread that runs through all of our activities, and that is the desire to make Formula One more accessible to the fans. It's also particularly pleasing in the case of this year's Bologna Motor Show to be able to involve so many of our valued commercial and technical partners in the event."
The Minardi F1x2 cars will run for 30 minutes in the morning and afternoon on December 7 and 8, with both sessions extended by 15 minutes on December 9. Visitors to the Show should consult the event programme for exact timings.