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British Polo Day - Dubai
This March will see the British Polo Day in Dubai sponsored by Hackett for the 3rd year. Along with alumni teams from Eton, Harrow, Oxford University and Cambridge University. The Army polo team sponsored by Hackett will take on the Habtoor family team in the heat and dust at the prestigious Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
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
Aston Martin GTE Racing - Le Mans 24 Hour
22 - 23 June
Aston Martin has a long history in motorsport and in particular in Endurance Motor Racing. Much of it has provided success and glory, but occasionally it has experienced the tragic side of the sport and this Le Mans weekend proved to be one of those occasions, with an accident, early in the race and subsequent passing of the driver of the number 95 Danish-crewed Aston Martin, Allan Simonsen.
The wishes of Allan’s family were that the team should continue in the race.
In an emotionally charged race with all sorts of changing weather conditions to deal with a close battle in GTE Pro ensued, where for the vast majority of the race, the Aston Martins held the lead, first with the #98 car and then its sister #97, the team eventually took an emotionally charged podium finish in third, which they dedicated to Allan.
Two of the four remaining Aston Martin Vantage GTEs finished the race: the 97 car, crewed by Darren Turner (GB), Stefan Mücke (D) and Peter Dumbreck (GB), took third place in LM GTE Pro, less than a half a lap behind the winning Porsche, while the #96 of Stuart Hall (GB), Jamie Campbell-Walter (GB) and Roald Goethe (D) came home sixth in LM GTE Am.
The next round of the World Endurance Championship takes place in Sao Paolo, Brazil over the weekend August 30th – September 1st.
Henley Royal Regatta
3 - 7 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
German Open Tennis
15 - 22 July
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.
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.
British Polo Day, China
Aston Martin GTE Racing - Mount Fuji
Onto Japan in the shadow of Mount Fuji at the Speedway track for round 8 on the 30th September.
Aston Martin GTE Racing, 6 Hours of Austin, USA
British Polo Day, Singapore
The British Exiles battle it out in the Hackett Trophy at this year’s British Polo Day Singapore
The 3rd British Polo Day Singapore, was held at The Singapore Polo Club on Saturday 28th September. The event, attended by around six hundred guests, has rapidly established itself as the climax for those local residents and British expats who wish to extend the good mood of the F1 weekend with a final gathering around a genuine horsepower based sport that is no less dangerous or exciting.
The polo kicked off with The Hackett Trophy, which saw the Hackett British Exiles play the highly rated Savills Singapore Polo Club side. In the first chukka the Jumabhoy pairing at 3 and 4 combined instinctively for the Savills SPC side to secure two quick goals on the board, one fine run by Iqbal Jumabhoy was especially noteworthy. In the second chukka, the visitors fought back and were unlucky on several occasions. After the break though The British Exiles were unable to contain a free flowing and well drilled home side, who settled this busy encounter by 6 to 1½. The score did not reflect the match and both teams played above their handicaps.
In the following match, the Silver Jubilee Cup saw the Johnnie Walker Blue Label SPC II’s team pan out 4 – 2 winners at the end of a thrilling encounter played in great spirit.
The Prize Giving ceremony was conducted with dusk rapidly descending and His Excellency Antony Phillipson – The British High Commissioner to Singapore – presented The Hackett Cup to the Singapore Polo Club President Igbal Jumabhoy, Captain of the winning Savills SPC I team.
Of the return of British Polo Day to Singapore, His Excellency Anthony Phillipson – British High Commissioner to Singapore – said: “In just a few short years British Polo Day has evolved into a fantastic platform for promoting some of the very best of Britain’s luxury brands. At the same time it celebrates the global reach of a sport that, for many, is uniquely associated with Britain and our heritage Singapore”.
Aston Martin GTE Racing - China
For the second year running, the Zhuhai International Circuit plays host to the end of the season. The circuit will offer exciting racing with its challenging corners presenting the opportunity for some truly spectacular overtaking manoeuvres, with cars reaching speeds of up to 300 kph.
BNP Paribas Masters Tennis - Paris
28 - 3 November
This ATP 1000 graded tournament takes place in Bercy arena, Paris and the world's top players take part in order to fight for final qualification for the ATP finals the following fortnight in London