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PWRC: OMV BIXXOL Rally Team season preview

OMV BIXXOL Rally Team in the FIA Production-Car World Rally Championship 2007 Strong entry for the new family brand for OMV motor oils in premium quality OMV drivers from four countries will compete for the "OMV BIXXOL Rally Team" OMV, ...

OMV BIXXOL Rally Team in the FIA Production-Car World Rally Championship 2007

Strong entry for the new family brand for OMV motor oils in premium quality

OMV drivers from four countries will compete for the "OMV BIXXOL Rally Team"

OMV, Central Europe's leading crude oil and natural gas group, plans to massively expand its position in lubricants in order to be among the top 3 suppliers in Central Europe by 2011. A central part of the lubricant strategy is the implementation of the new family brand OMV BIXXOL - a new generation of premium motor oils for passenger cars and motorcycles. The implementation of this new brand will be reinforced by a team in the P-WRC 2007. Talented drivers from Slovenia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria will compete for the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team.

Hunting for points by four nations

The OMV BIXXOL Rally Team will compete in all eight runs to the P-WRC this year. Slovenian Andrej Jereb will take part in Sweden, Greece and New Zealand. Romanian Claudiu David will steer the Mitsubishi Evo IX in Argentina, Japan and Great Britain. Balazs Benik from Hungary will complement the team in Mexico and Bulgarian Yassen Popov will be on the hunt for points in Ireland for the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team. The rallies in Sweden and Argentina will be used to acclimatise with the team, the car and the course of action in the World Championship since the team can't score points at these events. The Mitsubishi Evo IX will be employed by Stohl- Racing under the lead of Team Manager Gunther Aschacher.

Statements of the OMV BIXXOL drivers

WRC-newcomer Claudiu David/Romania: "One always dreams of the WRC and I am very happy that this dream has come true for me. I will compete at three events for the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team and will try to test the limits of the Mitsubishi Evo IX. I will obviously also try to score points and will definitely give my best."

Six-times National Rally Champion Andrej Jereb/Slovenia: "It is a great opportunity to compete at three WRC-runs for the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team. To be part of an entire series of motor sports and to be able to represent my home country Slovenia is a big chance for me and for rallying."

Two-times National Rally Champion Balasz Benik/Hungary: "To compete in an international series is a further step in my rally career. I am very proud to be part of the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team. It is also a double-challenge for me: for the first time I will steer a group N car and Mexico ist unchartered territory for me as well. But I will obviously try to score points."

Two-times National Rally Champion Yassen Popov/Bulgaria: "We are looking forward to represent the OMV BIXXOL Rally Team at the Rally Ireland in November. We are well prepared and want to give a perfect performance at this tarmac rally that is new to the WRC-calendar."

The "OMV BIXXOL Rally Team CZ", entered by Stepan Vojtech for the FIA- Production Car-WRC 2007, is still in negotiations with OMV Ceska republika, s.r.o.. Information will be given as soon as a final decision will have been made.

OMV BIXXOL
OMV BIXXOL is the family brand for motor oils of OMV in premium quality for passenger cars and motorcycles. OMV BIXXOL motor oils offer optimal protection for state-of-the-art engine technology and reduce both fuel consumption and pollutant output (CO2) by up to 7 percent. The OMV BIXXOL product range encompasses the whole spectrum of motor oils for passenger cars and motorcycles - from universal products of differing quality right to special products with clearance by all renowned vehicle manufacturers. Further information can be found at: www.omv-bixxol.com

-credit: www.owrt.com

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Series WRC
Drivers Stepan Vojtech , Balazs Benik , Claudiu David