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Article Date: 9 March 2012

Willowbank Raceway and FUCHS Lubricants are excited to announce the leading lubricants company as the naming rights sponsor of the greatest spectacle in drag racing – the Winternationals.

The event which will be known as the 2012 Fuchs Winternationals will be held over four days from 8 – 11 June 2012.

Founded as a German family company in 1931, FUCHS Lubricants today has global reach and among the independent producers is the world’s largest independent manufacturer and supplier of lubricants. It’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary has been supplying specialised lubricants since the late 1890s and is the leading market player in many lubricant sectors.

FUCHS Lubricants (Australasia) Managing Director Wayne Hoiles said he was looking forward to the next step in the company’s drag racing history.

“FUCHS Lubricants is a long-time supporter of motorsport and Australian drag racing, and I am delighted we can now announce our sponsorship of the Winternationals,” said Hoiles.

“The event has such a vibrant history as a leading light in the Australian drag racing scene, so we can’t wait to start working with Willowbank Raceway in making this year’s event a huge success.”

Willowbank Raceway was established in 1985 and is Queensland’s premier drag racing facility, hosting drag racing for nearly 27 years. Willowbank Raceway Managing Director Steve Bettes said he was pleased to be able to welcome FUCHS Lubricants to the year’s biggest drag racing event.

“This year will mark the 45th running of Australia’s greatest drag racing event and I am so excited to be able to welcome this leading and internationally significant company to our great event,” said Bettes.

“The 2012 FUCHS Winternationals will host more than 500 competitors and 38,000 spectators from all over Australia, New Zealand and the USA when it is held over four massive days Friday 8 June to Monday 11 June 2012 on what will be the last Queensland June long weekend.

“Hosting the finals of the ANDRA Pro Series and the Rocket Allstars Racing Series as well as great family entertainment, trade stands and plenty of pit lane action, this event is regarded as a ‘must-do’ for competitors and spectators alike.”

The financial arrangements of the new naming rights agreement are strictly confidential.

Tickets for the 2012 FUCHS Winternationals start at $20 with children 13 and under gaining free admission. For ticket and event information please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au

COMPANY PROFILE - FUCHS Lubricants (Australasia) Pty Ltd 

From humble beginnings, Fuchs’ growth over the past 80 years has been substantial, earning the status of the world’s largest independent manufacturer and supplier of lubricants. With several thousand employees, operating in most worldwide markets, Fuchs’ leading position is supported by an extensive range of core program lubricants, complimented by tailor-made solutions for just about every application.

The wholly owned Australian subsidiary has been supplying specialised lubricants since the late 1890’s and is the leading market player in many lubricant sectors.

With an annual turnover exceeding $160 million Fuchs Lubricants specialises in five main areas of lubrication:

• Automotive
• Industrial
• Specialist Applications including Open Gearing Lubrication
• Mining
• Private Label

Fuchs Lubricants (Australasia) Pty Ltd provides an unrivalled personalised focus to its customer-base with 12 distribution sites throughout Australia and New Zealand and over 95% of products manufactured locally.

Manufacturing facilities are located in Melbourne, Perth and Newcastle, all with ISO9000 accreditation and individual distribution, R & D and quality control capabilities.

In addition, Fuchs’ extensive range of specialist lubricant services is supported by 12 qualified laboratory technicians providing a vast array of fluid analyses including the highly specialised condition monitoring tool known as CENT.

The Fuchs Group is at the leading edge in formulation and application technology of all types of rapidly biodegradable lubricants and functional fluids, leading the development of the PLANTO product range and a continued commitment to the environment through the Fuchs Environmental Policy. There is no better testament to this commitment than Fuchs’ Melbourne operation being awarded ISO14000 Environmental Accreditation.

Through the dedication to maintain market leadership, Fuchs’ products and services are constantly evaluated and updated to meet the ever-increasing demands of industry. This ongoing process ensures that Fuchs Lubricants will consistently exceed all future requirements

About the 2012 FUCHS Winternationals

Across 8-11 June 2012 Willowbank Raceway will host the 45th running of Australia’s largest drag racing event, with the 2012 FUCHS Winternationals to feature the final rounds of both the ANDRA Pro Series (Top Fuel, Top Alcohol, Top Doorslammer, Top Bike, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle) and the Rocket Allstars Racing Series.

The action will not be confined to the quarter-mile however, with family entertainment, trade shows and plenty of action in pit lane for the whole family. Tickets start from just $20 with students (with ID) able to access discounted entry and children 13 and under enjoying free admission.

For more information, schedules and entry lists please visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au or visit Willowbank Raceway on Facebook by searching for Willowbank Raceway.

For more information or comment, please contact:

Steve Bettes – Managing Director of Willowbank Raceway
Phone: 07 5461 5461
Email: steve@willowbank-raceway.com.au
Web: www.willowbankraceway.com.au

Wayne Hoiles – Managing Director of FUCHS Lubricants
Via Lisa Filia – Executive Assistant to Wayne Hoiles
Phone: 03 93006444
Email: lisa.filia@fuchs.com.au

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