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THOUSANDS TURN OUT FOR ADRIAN SUTIL
Eva Benito / 2011-12-09 20:49:48
Adrian Sutil and the Kingfisher sponsored Sahara Force India-Mercedes Formula One car came to Torrevieja on Thursday and attracted thousands of people, on a beautiful sunny and warm, December day. Arriving about 14.00-hrs, some spectators had waited for two or more hours for a glimpse of the 28-year old, who this year finished ninth in the World Championships with 42 points.
The day featured a display of cars from Phoenix Car Club, Scaletrix Slot Car Racing for the kids, a Formula One simulator for kids of all ages, an opportunity to have photos taken with the Force India Car, a question and answer session with the press and public and of course, lots of Kingfisher Beer. Sutil was a bit hit with fans of all ages and being fluent in German, English and Spanish, had no problem in conversing with everyone.
Sutil arrived at the Marina Salinas sports harbour in style atop a luxury yacht to be met by representatives from Torrevieja’s Town Hall; Councillors Luisma Pizana and Rosario Martinez plus Graham Knight the Director of the Foreign Residents Office. In a quieter moment they presented him with a traditional Salt Boat as a memento of his visit. Sutil took the time to set the lap record, unsurprisingly, on the Formula One simulator, to chat with Steve Coen who runs a single seater racing school in Cartagena and engage the general public with his good humour and looks.
The reason for all the fuss was not so much the Formula One connections but the fact that Kingfisher are launching a new premium beer for the Spanish market and this was their official launch day. The Kingfisher brand started in 1978 and is brewed in India by United Breweries Group. It is India's largest selling beer, with 1 out of every 3 bottles of beer sold in India being a Kingfisher brand. It’s currently available in 52 countries outside India. The festivities continued until late afternoon before Sutil and his party slipped away to have a bite to eat only to return a few hours later, in more casual attire, for a VIP evening in his honour. An excellent day out, enjoyed by thousands of visitors who will remember this day for many years to come.