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: Series newsletter 2009-01-28

BEIJING GUOAN FC WELCOMES ITS WINNING DRIVER DAVIDE RIGON TO JOIN THE CELEBRATION EVENT OF ITS FIRST SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA'S VICTORY IN BEIJING Chinese Sport Secretary, Kanglin Sun, attended the event organized by CITIC Guoan. Superleague ...

BEIJING GUOAN FC WELCOMES ITS WINNING DRIVER DAVIDE RIGON TO JOIN THE CELEBRATION EVENT OF ITS FIRST SUPERLEAGUE FORMULA'S VICTORY IN BEIJING

Chinese Sport Secretary, Kanglin Sun, attended the event organized by CITIC Guoan.

Superleague Formula's first season winner Davide Rigon was welcomed last week to Beijing to celebrate the inaugural season's victory during the Chinese New Year Evening Party at the Grand Epoch City held by CITIC Guoan Group, football club's owner, under the slogan "Guoan is always the No 1".

The event was chaired by the President of the club Jianyi Li, and its founder and President of CITIC Guoan, Shilin Li. The maximum authority on Sport in China, the Chinese Sports Secretary Kaglin Sun, was also present at the celebration and showed an interest in the new series, and how Superleague Formula could contribute to the increasing fans of motorsport in the country. Kaglin Sun, discussed the possibility of watching the Beijing Guoan SF car race at the Shangai International Circuit in the near future.

Davide Rigon travelled to China together with the General Manager of the Beijing Guoan Racing team, Peter Zakowsky, and Alex Andreu, President of Superleague Formula. During their stay in the city, the series' Champion visited the Olympic Stadium where the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was held. Rigon met some very enthusiastic young fans who were all anxious to have their photograph taken with him. "When I joined Superleague Formula, I never had an idea of this unbelievable welcome of the Club and its fans in Beijing. During the season in Superleague Formula I missed the support of the Beijing Guoan FC fans, but this has been compensated by the warm reception I have received in Beijing after my victory by so many fans" said the Italian driver.

The Chinese media were also keen to meet Rigon. Over 60 journalists attended the official press conference held and 600 guests attended the celebration party who applauded the Club's victory with pride.

"We are very proud of being the first winner team of the Superleague Formula series. With this trophy, David does honor of the slogan of our club "Guoan is always No 1"" said the president of the club, Jianyi Li.

Davide Rigon took the club to victory in 2008 with some incredible racing where he amassed a staggering 413 points before 34.000 fans at the Superleague Formula round in Jerez last November. David led the championship throughout the season and was the only club to gain podium position in five out of the six rounds of the season.

The Beijing Guoan, sponsored by the Spanish financial group BBVA and Adidas, achieved third place during the last season of the Chinese Super League, 5 points under the first classified, Luneng Taishan . The club was founded in 1992 by Shilin Li as a result of the Chinese football reform. It was set up by the CITIC Guoan Group and the Beijing Municipal Sports' Committee.

The Team finished in second place of the Jia A (Top Chinese Football League before the forming of Chinese Super League) in 1995 and third place in 1997, 1998 and 2002. The team also entered the final game of China FA Cup 5 times and won the tournament 3 times.

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