SBR re-signs with major partner

Bosch and Stone Brothers Racing Sign Another Two-Year Deal One of the world's leading touring car teams Stone Brothers Racing has re-signed an agreement with major partner Robert Bosch Australia for the next two seasons of V8 ...

Bosch and Stone Brothers Racing Sign Another Two-Year Deal

One of the world's leading touring car teams Stone Brothers Racing has re-signed an agreement with major partner Robert Bosch Australia for the next two seasons of V8 Supercar competition.

The official contract has been signed in front of 5000 Bosch employees and their families at a special 50th anniversary celebration at Bosch's head office at Clayton in Melbourne.

Bosch joined the SBR organisation at the beginning of 2003 and was rewarded instantly when Russell Ingall took honours in the opening races of the year in his Caltex Falcon at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Then 10 months later Marcos Ambrose clinched SBR's first V8 Supercar Championship in his Pirtek Falcon and this week he gets the chance to make it back-to-back titles at Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney.

There was also a win in the Konica V8 Supercar Championship Series last year with young star Mark Winterbottom, who moved from SBR to Orrcon Racing in the main V8 series this season, but who continues to have a personal relationship with Bosch.

Ingall and Winterbottom were both present at the signing where the new contract was sealed with signatures from SBR co-owner Ross Stone and Bosch Divisional Manager Automotive, Gary Burns.

"There is no doubt that we have enjoyed two fantastic years as a major partner with Stone Brothers Racing," said Burns.

"Ross and Jimmy Stone have made us feel a part of the whole operation and Marcos (Ambrose) and Russell (Ingall) have turned all the team's hard work into results out on the track.

"Just like SBR, Bosch is a focused, innovative and respected leader in its field and we look forward to the next couple of years and beyond.

"We are proud of the fact the SBR have won races and championships using "off the shelf" products in their race cars, such as Bosch Spark Plugs and we look forward to continuing our successful branding and marketing programs with the team." . "V8 Supercar racing continues to go from strength to strength and it's great to see SBR cars greeting the chequered flag first with Bosch Spark Plugs blazoned across the front bumper."

Established in Australia in 1922, Bosch is regarded as one of Australia's 10 most innovative companies.

Ross Stone is delighted to continue his team's association with Bosch which is a valuable compliment to SBR's other major partnerships with Ford, Pirtek and Caltex.

"Bosch is such a fantastic innovative company and certainly adds to the list of solid support we have from other corporations like Ford, Caltex and Pirtek," said Stone.

"There is no doubt that Bosch joined us at the right time and hopefully we can enjoy a lot more success together in the future.

"The way that Bosch and its employees and staff have taken ownership of this program is what racing and sponsorship is all about.

"Hopefully we can make it two out of two for Bosch and our other sponsors at Eastern Creek next week."

THE BOSCH STORY In 1922 August Hoette opened the first Bosch agency in Australia - the Robert Bosch Supply and Service Company in Flinders Street Melbourne. Today the Bosch name in Australia is recognised as the benchmark for quality, innovation and convenience in products that enhance many aspects of our lives.

On the road, in the garage, the workshop, the kitchen and the laundry, Bosch products deliver the utmost in performance and reliability while ensuring that our modern lifestyle has minimal impact on the environment.

Through investment, employment, training and research, Bosch Australia makes a valuable contribution to our society and the nations economy. Named one of Australia's 10 most innovative companies, Bosch Australia has consolidated its position as a regional cornerstone of the Bosch Group.

Into the future, Bosch Australia continues its commitment to upholding the high standards of the Bosch brand and serving the needs of Bosch customers and employees.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Russell Ingall , Mark Winterbottom , Ross Stone