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OMV announces departure from rally racing

New focus for OMV in corporate sponsoring The end of the year 2007 will mark the termination of sponsoring activities by OMV in international and national rally sports, since in the future the focus will be increasingly on the social sector ...

New focus for OMV in corporate sponsoring

The end of the year 2007 will mark the termination of sponsoring activities by OMV in international and national rally sports, since in the future the focus will be increasingly on the social sector and renewable energies. The respective ressources will be concentrated on these areas from 2008 on. The commitment of OMV in rally sports has been very successful. The new main focus in sponsoring shall follow this example.

Currently OMV is involved in rally sports with an integrated model package. The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team, the two OMV BIXXOL Rally Teams, teams in the National Championships in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Slovakia, as well as events in Austria, Hungary, Germany and Serbia are being supported. These projects will be discontinued from season 2008 on.

"With great ambition we have successfully pursued and constantly refined the rally project. Now we have reached the zenith. Therefore it is time to tackle new challenges. These lie in the expansion of our activities in the social sector and the ones concerning renewable energies", explains Brigitte Muhlwisch, Head of Corporate Sponsoring of OMV.

According to the new perspective the further assignment of the OMV CNG (compressed natural gas) Rally Team is being evaluated. A decision can be expected within the next weeks.

Thanks to all parties involved

Numerous parties have had their share in the success of rally sponsoring by OMV. Foremost among those are, of course, the drivers and co-drivers from 15 countries who have gathered 214 points in the last four years alone in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC, P-WRC, JWRC). Thanks are also due to the assigned teams as well as to all hosts and organisers. Of course, this success was also only made possible through the help of media representatives who have actively and energetically supported these activities during the last four years.

All activities of OMV in rally sports will be continued until the end of 2007. The national highlight of the season will be the "OMV Rally Waldviertel" from November 8 to 10 in Austria. In the WRC the last bow will be taken by the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team and the two OMV BIXXOL Rally Teams at the "Wales Rally GB" from November 30 to December 2.

Background informations: OMV in the FIA World Rally Championship

Successful history of OMV rally commitment

In 2004 a new era in rally sponsoring began for OMV. Three cars were employed in the FIA Production World Rally Championship. Three victories turned the OMV World Rally Team into the most successful team of the series. Additionally, Jani Paasonen (Fin) finished in third overall place in this series. Especially noticed was the rookie-contest which was won by German Sebastian Vollak who then could complete a whole season. Another first was the name sponsoring of a run to the FIA World Rally Championship. With the OMV ADAC Rallye Germany, OMV took a further step to intensify its international activities.

The OMV World Rally Team in the royal class for the first time

In 2005 Manfred Stohl was able to compete in ten runs in a World Rally Car for the first time. Soon the 35-year-old Viennese in the Citroen Xsara WRC celebrated his first big successes. Second place in Cyprus and third place in Australia meant the first podium places for the OMV Team. Teammate Xavier Pons (Spa) competed in six runs. In group N the OMV World Rally Team was represented by Brit Natalie Barratt, back then the only female driver in rallying. And once again the group was name- and main sponsor of the OMV ADAC Rallye Germany, one of 16 runs to the FIA World Rally Championship.

OMV also in manufacture ranking

In 2006 the international rally project was further expanded. Manfred Stohl competed in all 16 runs to the WRC in the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team. Teammate Henning Solberg took part in ten runs. In the driver ranking Manfred Stohl took four podium places and fourth overall place in the WRC. The best result of a privateer in the history of the Rally World Championship. Henning Solberg (Nor) also celebrated big successes by finishing third in Turkey and fourth in Finland. In the P-WRC the OMV CEE Team also employed two drivers who scored points. And last but not least there was German Aaron Burkart who proved his talent in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship. The year also marked the last time as name sponsor of the OMV ADAC Rally Germany.

OMV in the lead CO2-neutral for the first time

2007 marked the return to Citroen in the World Championship. The OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team celebrated its biggest success when Francois Duval (Bel) held the lead on the first day of the Rally Germany and finally finished the rally in excellent second place. The Production Car World Rally Championship saw an increasing employment of drivers from OMV countries. The two OMV BIXXOL Rally Teams compete with drivers from the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania in this series. Several activities by OMV provided further highlights in the scene. Since the end of March, the OMV Kronos Citroen World Rally Team is the first and so far only team in the FIA World Rally Championship that competes CO"- neutral. In Germany Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor competed in a car that was designed by children which represented the connection to OMV Move & Help, the educational program by OMV. To this behalf OMV donates 20 Euro for each completed special stage kilometre by the team. At the end of the year the final amount will be given to SOS Children's Village, Caritas and UNICEF for educational programs in Europe and Pakistan.

OMV in the National Rally Championships

OMV can also look back on impressive successes in National Rally Championships. During recent years numerous Championship titles in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Slovakia went to OMV Teams. One was furthermore represented as name sponsor at national rally events in Austria, Hungary, Germany and Serbia. For the first time worldwide a natural gas driven Mitsubishi was successfully employed in the Austrian Championship.

-credit: owrt.com

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