|January 21, 2011
Source: Audi AG
· Celebrities from the worlds of industry, sports and show business meet in
· Spontaneous duet by singers Jamie Cullum and Amy Macdonald
· The new Audi A6 star of the red carpet at the Hotel Zur Tenne
Ingolstadt/Kitzbühel, – For some its the most famous downhill
ski race in the world; for others its the social highlight of the winter. Downhill
racers and athletes from the Audi family opened the 71st Hahnenkamm weekend in
Kitzbühel Friday evening with prominent guests from show business and industry.
Once again, Audi Night in the Hotel Zur Tenne fulfilled all expectations.
Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, and Peter
Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management Marketing and Sales,
welcomed a large group of guests to Kitzbühel that included the actors Veronica
Ferres, Ralf Möller and Thomas Heinze, model Eva Padberg, moderators Kai Pflaume
and Johannes B. Kerner and athletes like the former skier Hermann Maier and the
former biathlete Kati Wilhelm.
At the start of the evening, the 420 invited guests were treated to an introduction to
one star currently causing a furor on the streets of Germany. All eyes were on the
new Audi A6 as it stood on the red carpet at the entrance to the hotel. This provided
the guests, who drove up to the event in 90 Audi VIP shuttle vehicles (Audi Q5, Audi
Q7 and Audi A8 L), with a very special kind of reception.
The guests got a fascinating first-hand impression of what its like to chase a world
record down the Streif and Ganslern slopes of the Hahnenkamm, as Werner Heel
(Italy), Marcel Hirscher (Austria) and the slalom, downhill and Super-G champions
from 2010, Felix Neureuther (Germany) and Didier Cuche (Switzerland), recounted
their experiences. The tales impressed even two-time German Touring Car (DTM)
Champion Mattias Ekström and Le Mans winners Mike Rockenfeller and Tom
Kristensen, who, as long-time Audi race drivers, are used to high speeds and
demanding challenges themselves.
Former professional skier Marco Büchel started off the evening. Kitzbühel holds
fond memories for Büchel: In 2008 the popular Lichtenstein-native won the
downhill competition on the demanding Streif slope.
While the athletes bid farewell early enough to prepare for their races, the guests
partied well into the night. After an exciting meal from new head chef Thomas
Seifried, the crowd enjoyed a highlight that was as spectacular as it was unplanned.
English singer Jamie Cullum, the top act of the night at Zur Tenne, who had put
guests in a festive move with his hits Im all over it and Dont stop the music,
surprised the audience with a spontaneous duet with singer Amy Macdonald.