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Tudor renews Patrick Huisman sponsorship for 2010 Tudor is set to become the "Official Partner" of the prestigious Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Championship for another year and the first of the ten championship rounds of the 2010 season will kick...

Tudor renews Patrick Huisman sponsorship for 2010

Tudor is set to become the "Official Partner" of the prestigious Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Championship for another year and the first of the ten championship rounds of the 2010 season will kick off in Bahrain this weekend. All rounds will take place as support events to Formula 1. Historically, Tudor and Porsche have always shared common values, inspired by two exceptional men, and while one was Bavarian and the other Bohemian, both Hans Wilsdorf and Ferdinand Porsche were pioneers of their day and each founded a company that has achieved global success today.

Nowadays, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup with its Porsche 911 is one of the most popular one-make series in the world. Over a season, Porsche pays out a total of approximately 800,000 Euros in prize money to teams and drivers. As an extra reward, the eventual champion gets to take home a brand-new Porsche road vehicle and a Tudor watch on his wrist.

One can expect a serious challenge for the 2010 season in this series with many ambitious top-level drivers. This is particularly the case for favourite, record-winner and Tudor-sponsored Patrick Huisman, who starts the two races of the inaugural season under new colours at Konrad Motorsport.

Huisman commented, "Everything is new this year but I am pleased because it was a late decision to join the team, as my team from last year did not maintain a package in the Championship and pulled out. I am now driving for Konrad Motorsport alongside Nicholas Tandy and Siso Cunill and I am proud that my 2010 car bears the number 21 in our three-car team. The fact that this race is the 2010 Formula 1 season opener with four World Champions on the grid this weekend (Button, Hamilton, Schumacher and Alonso) gives me even more motivation to push forward."

Continuing, Huisman said, "Last year in qualifying, Konrad Motorsport's Jeroen Bleekemolen remained in command and placed the car on pole. We have a good chance this year despite a unique and short testing session at Hockenheim. Konrad Motorsport is a winning team running strongly and I could already assess that it is a very nice team to work for with a high level of competitiveness. Nothing more has ever been done in a more last minute situation, but this is what is good fun too and I am ready to make the most out of this opportunity and am getting ready to go for a fantastic season with a six-cylinder boxer engine that has increased to 450hp for every Porsche GT3 in the Championship. It is fantastic for me to be entering my second season with Tudor and I cannot thank the Swiss watch company enough to have kept their confidence in me."

The Bahrain track was designed specifically to host Formula 1, and is located in Sakhir, 19 miles (30kms) to the southwest of the capital, Manama, on the main Bahrain Island. The circuit has been extended this year, with an extra nine corners increasing the total length of the track by 0.545miles (0.877km), for a total length of 3.914miles (6.299 km). Bahrain is now the second-longest track on the 2010 schedule, behind Spa-Francorchamps.

Over the last 25 years, Tudor and Porsche alike have worked persistently on design, technology and reliability, resulting in bold innovations and avant-garde solutions. There is a synergy between the two, and Tudor and Porsche Motorsport are proud to bring their two emblematic brands together in support of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup international series.

-source: tudor motorsport

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Drivers Patrick Huisman , Jeroen Bleekemolen , Siso Cunill