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Porsche Team Germany quietly hopeful going into the Fed Cup opener against the Czech Republic

Porsche Team Deutschland: Sabine Lisicki, Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Barbara Rittner, Angelique Kerber, Julia Görges (v. l.)

“We’re always in with a chance”

Stuttgart. Porsche Team Germany are highly confident going into the Fed Cup 2012.

“We’ve got some strong players and we can beat anybody on a good day,” said team captain Barbara Rittner at a press conference in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena where the first round match against the Czech Republic will be staged on 4 and 5 February. “We want to show that we’re in the World Group by right.”

In the opening tie of the world championships for women’s national teams, Barbara Rittner is pinning her faith in Sabine Lisicki, whose great performances have moved her up to 14th on the WTA World Rankings, Julia Görges (No. 21), Angelique Kerber (No. 27) and doubles specialist Anna-Lena Grönefeld.

Andrea Petkovic, last season’s most successful German player, is not available due to a back injury.

Porsche Team Deutschland bei der Pressekonferenz in Stuttgart: Angelique Kerber, Julia Görges, Barbara Rittner, Sabine Lisicki, Anna-Lena Grönefeld (v. l.)

Barbara Rittner nevertheless sees Porsche Team Germany as being in with a good chance.

“We’ve got strength in depth,” she said. “It can make all the difference in the end.”

With Petra Kvitova in their team, defending champions the Czech Republic will be lining up with one of the world’s top players. The current world No 2 last year won the Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon as well as the WTA Championships in Istanbul and she recently reached the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Her teammates are Lucia Hradecka (No. 47), Iveta Benesova (No. 49) and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (No. 53). Barbara Rittner:

“Obviously in the opening tie, I’d have wished for an easier opponent than, of all people, the title-holder. But if our players play to their limits, and with the crowd behind us, then we definitely stand a good chance.”

Sabine Lisicki, who has no qualms at being the German No 1 for the tough encounter, sees things the same way.

“For me it doesn’t mean any extra pressure, I see it more as being as a form of motivation,” said the world No 14 who lives in Berlin.

Julia Görges, who celebrated her biggest career success by winning last year’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in the Porsche Arena, is primarily pinning her hopes on the home advantage.

“The spectators will be right behind us for sure. For me personally, it’s doubly motivating to play in the Porsche Arena. Just entering the hall two days ago was a fantastic feeling.”

Angelique Kerber will be playing for Germany in the Fed Cup for the first time after a four-year absence. “It’s great being back in the fold,” she said.

When asked whether Porsche Team Germany have got a chance against the strong Czech side, Anna-Lena Grönefeld simply replied: “We’re always in with a chance.”

After the Opening Ceremony at 11.45 am (local time), two singles are on Saturday’s schedule in the Porsche Arena.

Starting at 11.00 am, Sunday’s play will take in two singles and the doubles. Tickets are available at Easy Ticket Service (telephone +49 711-2555 555, internet http://www.easyticket.de).

SOURCE: Communication Porsche AG – Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

 

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Fed Cup Tennis Team to become “Porsche Team Germany”

Matthias Müller, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Porsche AG (r), mit DTB-Präsident Dr. Karl-Georg Altenburg und dem Porsche Team Deutschland

Porsche extends its tennis sponsoring by becoming a German Tennis Association Premium Partner

Stuttgart. The German women’s tennis team containing the world class players Andrea Petkovic, Sabine Lisicki, Julia Görges and Angelique Kerber will enter the 2012 season as “Porsche Team Deutschland”.

Matthias Müller, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Porsche AG (l), DTB-Präsident Dr. Karl-Georg Altenburg bei der Vorstellung des Porsche Team Deutschland in Stuttgart

As the new Premium Partner of the Deutscher Tennis Bund (German Tennis Association – DTB), Porsche will support the flagship team of the world’s largest tennis association in their campaign to win the Fed Cup and will simultaneously also sponsor junior tennis.

Sabine Lisicki, Porsche Team Germany

The junior national team (U16) will in future compete as the “Porsche Talent Team Germany”. Porsche has thus strengthened its involvement in the women’s game.

The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix was once again voted by the players as their favourite tournament worldwide in 2011.

Anna-Lena Grönefeld, Porsche Team Germany

As a result of the cooperation with the DTB, which will initially run for the next three years, Porsche will stimulate a new dynamism within German women’s tennis.

“We want the German players to also be successful as a team,” said Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Porsche AG. Germany’s junior players, whose development is close to Porsche’s heart, will also profit from the success of the top women.

“Playing tennis is far more fun for youngsters when they have role models. We want to play our part in making sure there are such role models in the future too,” continued Matthias Müller.

“One of our most important aims over the coming years is that German women’s tennis establishes itself long term at the top again,” said DTB President Dr Karl-Georg Altenburg.

“The cooperation with Porsche enables us to optimise the structure to achieve it and to invest in junior coaching. Particularly important here is to put the necessary measures in place for the coaching programmes designed for our up-and-coming female players.”

Julia Görges, Porsche Team Germany

“Porsche Team Germany” will celebrate its premiere against the Fed Cup title holders the Czech Republic in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena on 4 and 5 February.

The Fed Cup is a competition for the world’s top tennis nations where the title as the women’s team world champion is at stake.

Angelique Kerber, Porsche Team Germany

The partnership with the DTB also demonstrates a clear commitment by Porsche for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

“We also want to continue to present our audience in the Porsche Arena with the world’s top players and the best Germans – and if possible a German winner every now and again,” said Matthias Müller. Markus Günthardt, the Tournament Director of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, believers the long-standing tournament will therefore become even more attractive:

“The players supported by Porsche are quite capable of winning important tournaments and can maybe make a major breakthrough in the near future. We’ve had to wait a long time for such strong German players ever since the Steffi Graf and Anke Huber era.”

The support for DTB is an essential part of Porsche’s sponsoring concept which covers every part of society. Thus the company is also the partner of the world famous Stuttgart Ballet and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under the banner “Premium meets Premium”. It additionally also supports junior activities in sport clubs in Baden Württemberg and Saxony as well as a variety of scientific and charity projects. By sponsoring a broad spectrum of activities, Porsche wants to further embrace its social responsibility within society.

Andrea Petkovic, Porsche Team Germany

The 35th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, for which all the top 10 WTA ranked players have entered, including, for the first time, superstar Maria Sharapova, will be held in Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena from 21 to 29. April.

Advance ticket sales are available at Easy Ticket Service (phone +49 711-2555 555, internet at http://www.easyticket.de).

SOURCE : Porsche AG Media Press Database 

 
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Daytona 24 hour race makes Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup pilots shine

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

Makes cup pilots shine at 24 hour race in Daytona

Stuttgart. At the famous 24 hour race in Daytona/USA in a field stronger than ever before, pilots from the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup impressed with outstanding performances.

At his first attempt, René Rast (Germany), the Supercup champion of 2010 and 2011, won the long distance classic in Florida with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup together with Porsche works driver Richard Lietz (Austria) and Americans Andy Lally and John Potter.

Jeroen Bleekemolen from the Netherlands, title winner of the world’s fastest international one-make race series in 2008 and 2009, scored second place with Porsche factory pilot Wolf Henzler (Germany) as well as Marc Goossens (Belgium), Spencer Pumpelly and Steven Bertheau (both USA). 

“A dream has come true with this victory,” said René Rast, winner of five Supercup rounds last year, including the Porsche Carrera World Cup on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. In recognition of his outstanding achievements last season, Porsche gave Rast the opportunity of competing in Daytona.

Jeroen Bleekemolen stated:

“That was undoubtedly the most intensely competitive 24 hour race I’ve ever driven. To finish second here is a fantastic effort from the entire team.”

Jonas Krauss, Manager of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, was also very pleased with his drivers’ performances on the Daytona International Speedway.

“Our pilots have done an excellent job in this world-class field,” he said.

“The fact that René could win at his Daytona debut and Jeroen also climbed the podium in second clearly shows that some of the best GT pilots in the world are contesting the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and they can hold their own anywhere.”

 

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Other Supercup pilots in Daytona were Britain’s Sean Edwards and Nick Tandy, who finished in 18th place.

Position 24 was occupied by Frenchman Kévin Estre, the 2011 “Rookie of the Year” in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Porsche also gave him the chance to start in Daytona in recognition of his strong performance as the most successful Supercup newcomer by far.


The three Porsche works drivers Wolf Henzler, Richard Lietz and Marc Lieb, who shared the GT podium in Daytona with René Rast and Jeroen Bleekemolen, also first proved themselves in the Porsche makes cup series. Wolf Henzler was the Supercup champion of 2004, and Marc Lieb clinched the title in the 2002 Porsche Carrera Cup.

SOURCE:  Porsche AG Media Press Database    Communication Porsche AG Motorsportpress

 

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