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German Open Tennis
15 - 22 July 2013
The German Open Tennis took place in late July in the impressive Rothenbaum Stadium in Hamburg, attracting many of the world’s top players, including Roger Federer and local favourite Tommy Haas. Since its heyday back in the 80’s when Becker and Graaf reigned supreme in German Tennis the tournament has risen once more to become one of Europe’s pre-eminent tennis tournaments. Hackett provides all the kit for the line judges and ballkids at the tournament, comprising stylish navy sweatshirts and polos, rain jackets, lightweight sky trousers and navy shorts. Neither Haas or Federer were able to lift the title, instead it fell to the young Italian, Fognini who came out on top of the Argentine Delbonis in a thrilling 3 set encounter.
Head Of The River Race
Takes place every year two weeks before the Boat Race in March. Hundred's of crews from London rowing clubs, including the London Rowing Club, row the Boat Race course...backwards (Mortlake to Putney) and is a marvelous sight to see all these crews on the water.
The BNY Mellon Boat Race - Oxford vs. Cambridge
Possibly...definitely, the most famous rowing race in the world takes place between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge on the tideway course between Putney and Mortlake. A 4 and a quarter mile course that is fiercely fought over every year in March/April and has been raced since 1829, making it one of sports longest running rivalries
Henley Royal Regatta
2 - 6 July
Taking place on the first weekend in July this quintessentially British sporting and social phenomenom remains uncorrupted by the outside world and is possibly the last real bastion of rigid dress codes with booklets on how to dress for the event coming with the tickets. Boaters and blazers abound...but not mobile phones which are banned in the Steward's Enclosure.
The Hackett Rundle Cup - Tidworth
Traditionally takes place at Tidworth Polo Club in Wiltshire where the Army Polo Team takes on thier fiercest rivals, the Royal Navy. A grudge match that always throws up a few surprises including one or two appearances of either of the Princes. The Tidworth Polo Club offers a splendid back drop to this family orientated polo event in the middle of July
Aston Martin GTE Racing - Sao Paulo
The fourth round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) - the Six Hours of São Paulo in Brazil, produced some fine results for Aston Martin Racing (AMR) as the #96 Vantage GTE triumphed in the GTE Am(ateur) class and #97 car took a strong 2nd place in the GTE Pro(fessional) category.
The result boosted the chances of the machines in the World Championship itself, as the Runners Up position in GTE Pro lifts Darren Turner (GB) and Stefan Mücke (DE) - drivers of the #97 Vantage GTE - to the top of the GT Drivers’ world championship standings. It also moves Aston Martin Racing to the lead of the GTE Pro Team’s championship.
Having started from pole position in both classes, the team ran at the front of each category throughout the six hours.
The #95 all-Danish car of Kristian Poulsen, Christoffer Nygaard and newcomer Nicki Thiim dominated the GTE Am class for close to five hours and led the entire GTE field for part of the race, before a wheel nut failure ended its race early and promoted the #96 machine to the head of the class. Britons Jamie Campbell-Walter and Stuart Hall then held this lead to the chequered flag, beating their nearest competitors by a clear 45.7 seconds.
It was very nearly a double Gulf victory, as in GTE Pro, the blue and orange #97 Vantage GTE ran within striking distance of the class leader for much of the race. It eventually finished just 1.4 seconds adrift after 212 laps of the Interlagos circuit. En route for that, It set the fastest GTE lap of the entire race, underlining the Vantage GTE’s inherent outright pace.
John Gaw, Aston Martin Racing Team Principal, commented: “It is a terrific and well deserved result for the #96 car and a great win for Jamie and Stuart. It was very close in GTE Pro and, although we missed out on the win by less than two seconds, it is good to see Darren, Stefan and Aston Martin Racing now leading the championships.”
The FIA WEC resumes with the Six Hours of the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, USA, on 22 September.
Aston Martin GTE Racing, 6 Hours of Austin, USA
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