Audi A1 Team is German Sailing Champion

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June 24, 2010

Source: Audi AG

· Surprise exploit for crew of professionals and amateurs

· Dream start for the new Audi project “A dream comes true”

· Kieler Woche ends on Sunday with fireworks

The new Audi project “A dream comes true” has truly had a dream start at the Kieler Woche. The Audi A1 team clinched the German Championship title of ocean sailors in the ORC I class of the big yachts. The special part about this success: the crew around skipper Tim Kröger consists of only six experienced sailors who were supported by nine Audi customers.
The reinforcements for Tim Kröger, who ranks among the most successful German sailors, and his experienced colleagues consisted of Audi customers. They had previously been selected by the West and North regions and not only took part in their first sailing competition during the Kieler Woche under the motto “A dream comes true,” but will leave the event as brand new German Champions.” Their boat of the TP52 class, the boat class which also contests the Audi MedCup, was unbeatable during the races.

“An outstanding achievement,” enthused Tim Kröger. “Although our guests were not totally inexperienced on water nobody had dared to dream of such a success. Congratulations to the whole crew but also to Audi for having the courage to realize this idea.” By the way: Kröger has clinched exploits in the America’s Cup or the Audi MedCup and other titles in his sailing career but has never before won a German Championship.

Audi is delighted about this unexpected success. “On behalf of Audi, I sincerely congratulate every sailor of the crew,” says Michael-Julius Renz, Head of Sales Germany of AUDI AG. “Of course we were hoping for our Audi A1 team to achieve a good result. But, arguably, nobody thought that it would be possible for them to take the slogan ‘A dream comes true’ so literally and finish as German Champions – an absolute dream start for our new project.”

Audi is premium and mobility partner of the Kieler Woche for the first time this year. In addition to the branding of Northern Europe’s biggest summer festival and numerous activities on water, the automobile manufacturer from Ingolstadt provides 50 vehicles to the shuttle and trailer service of the regattas. Until Sunday the new Audi A1 continues to be the onshore protagonist of the event. Along with other highlights from the current model range it is being showcased for visitors to see at the Rathausplatz and the sponsors’ lane in Schilksee. Test drives are possible as well at the test drive center near the Ostseehalle in the center of Kiel.

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