BFREN: Susie Stoddart inks sponsorship deal

London 22nd August 2002 -- Susie Stoddart, the world's top female racing driver, today signed a sponsorship deal with the games manufacturer and distributor, Sattori Systems Limited. The deal includes on car branding, personal appearances and ...

London 22nd August 2002 -- Susie Stoddart, the world's top female racing driver, today signed a sponsorship deal with the games manufacturer and distributor, Sattori Systems Limited.

The deal includes on car branding, personal appearances and endorsement of Sattori's revolutionary new game, The Ball Master -- due for release in January and set to be the game of 2003.

Susie, 19, is competing in this season's Formula Renault Championship, driving for team DFR (Dave Forster Racing) and is already starting to prove her skill currently sitting in the top 20 of the championship out of 35.

Susie has had a whirlwind career to date -- winning Scottish Junior ICA Championship and Open titles in 1998, racing team mate to McLaren F1 star Kimi Raikkonen in the world kart championships in 1999, Formula Ford in 2001 and this year her first full season of racing with Formula Renault.

Susie says: "It's great that companies like Sattori are willing to back young drivers and support motorsport. I have had a great first season with Renault, well above expectation and am planning a full assault on the Renault Championship next year. I have one aim - to win races and finish on the podium."

Sattori, Managing Director, Nick Fox, said: "Susie is a great driver and we want to be involved with her present and future success. We see her as a long term investment in which we will grow together internationally as she moves towards F1."

Sattori's Ball Master will be at Brands Hatch on Monday 26th August for the next Formula Renault race.

The Ball Master is based on a new gaming system requiring players to hit specific lit targets by kicking a ball, within set time constraints.

Fox explains, "Ball Master tests speed, power, accuracy and flexibility --it' s an eight feet tall metal box which players stand inside and kick a ball at flashing lights in the sequence they appear ... if they hit them they score points. It's easy to play, but difficult to beat!"

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen