Libertex adds Getafe CF to LaLiga kit portfolio

WH Sports are delighted to announce a second La Liga kit branding partnership for Cyprus-based forex trading platform Libertex with Getafe CF, following the back-of-shirt deal with Valencia CF, announced in early August.

Under the deal, Libertex will have branding on the front-of-shorts at Getafe in domestic fixtures (LaLiga and the Copa del Rey) and the front-of-shirt in this season’s UEFA Europa League.

Getafe qualified for the Europa League after finishing fifth in LaLiga last season – one point behind fourth-place Valencia – after an outstanding first season following promotion from Spain’s second-tier division, LaLiga 1|2|3 (now rebranded as LaLiga SmartBank).

Libertex will get static signage and LED perimeter board advertising rights at Getafe’s Coliseum Alfonso Pérez stadium and training camps, and brand exposure at club events and across the club’s digital and social channels.

Getafe fans will also benefit from promotions and exclusive offers via the Libertex platform, and access to player appearances and other behind-the-scenes experiences.

Libertex is investing in European football to increase its brand recognition both in Spain and internationally, with a focus on emerging markets in Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Libertex Inks Sponsorship Deal With Valencia CF

WH Sports aligns online trading platform provider Libertex with Valencia CF, becoming the new Premiums Plus Partner of the Spanish football club until the 30th of June 2021.

Under the agreement, Libertex and Valencia CF will hold promotions, exclusive offers, meetings with the players and more, the statement said. The partnership adds to the trading provider’s list of sports sponsorships.

Commenting on the agreement, President of the football club Anil Murthy said he is: “very satisfied with the agreement reached with Libertex, another multinational company that joins Valencia CF to continue growing both locally and globally.

“Libertex is an example of a serious and solvent company in a very competitive market that wants to increase their position as a reference in its sector, the same way as Valencia CF has also looked for it throughout its history.”
Libertex continues to invest in football

The forex broker Libertex has previously shown an interest in sponsoring high profile football stars, especially of high calibre. The company has been sponsoring Colombian football player James Rodriguez since 2016.

Michael Geiger, CEO of Libertex

“Valencia CF is a top-level club internationally, with a long and successful history, with whom we share a common feeling in terms of emotions, passion and success stories,” added Michael Geiger, the CEO of Libertex. “Valencia CF is the perfect partner to deliver our brand, our message and our services to potential customers to continue growing in the market. We believe it will be a great and ambitious season for both of us and we will support each other.”

Hawksworth Impresses in NASCAR Debut

Jack Hawksworth said he enjoyed his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut which started with a front-row qualifying spot, included a stage win and regular spot in the top 10 but ended with a mid-pack, 15th-place finish.

“First off, thank you to Joe Gibbs Racing for having me and to Toyota for putting it together; and of course to my team AVS Racing, IMSA and Lexus for allowing me to go do this Xfinity stint,” he told NBCSN. “I was having a lot of fun out there. Some good battles over the beginning.

“The first stint, I was struggling with the rear tires a little bit. The second stint we made it a little bit better.”
Hawksworth had speed all weekend. He clocked in 13th in opening practice after his first laps in a Xfinity car, then was fastest of all in the final practice and qualified second.

The IMSA GTD front-runner and former IndyCar regular was tabbed late last week to drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at Mid-Ohio, and he had a top-10 run going for much of the Saturday afternoon race. Challenging inside the top five through the first two stages, Hawksworth recovered from an early spin on the frontstretch after contact with Cole Custer.
He even took the lead on Lap 37. Getting to the inside of teammate Christopher Bell, Hawksworth made the move just before the caution came out, which resulted in his winning Stage 2.

However, the grille of his iK9 Supra was filled with grass after several off-course excursions during the day, and, with nine laps to go, Hawksworth — running ninth — had to pit.

“I was comfortable on those restarts going for the lead and felt pretty good about it; but then I think we had a little issue on that second stop so that kind of put us back there,” he said. “Got grass on the grille on one of those restarts, then kind of lost the brakes and that was kind of all she wrote.

“Little bit of a shame, but I had a great time and the iK9 car was great. I just want to thank everyone for having me here, and we’ll have to come back at some point and give it another shot.”

Newcastle United seals sleeve deal with StormGain

Premier League club Newcastle United has signed a new sleeve partnership with cryptocurrency trading platform StormGain.

Under the deal, StormGain will have branding on the left sleeve of all Newcastle United first-team kits during the 2019-20 season.

StormGain will also have physical signage rights at Newcastle’s St. James’ Park stadium and training ground, and will get other branding and digital activation rights.

In official statement, Newcastle said that StormGain will offer ticket give-aways, match-day hospitality experiences, signed merchandise and VIP meet-and-greets with first-team players.

The StormGain platform allows users to trade futures for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, and can also act as a e-wallet for cryptocurrency holdings.

The deal was brokered by London-based agency WH Sports, which also brokered a similar cryptocurrency sleeve partnership between Wolverhampton Wanderers and CoinDeal last season.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Partner With EuropeFX

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are excited to welcome EuropeFX as its Official Foreign Exchange Partner. The EuropeFX logo will feature on the front of the Rabbitohs playing shorts for the remainder of the 2019 season, and at least until the end of the 2020 season.

EuropeFX are one of Europe’s most-recognized foreign exchange firms, operating a multi-asset trading environment, serving retail and institutional clients in over 30 countries. Headquartered in Cyprus, with offices in Germany and Malta, EuropeFX is looking to expand its reach into the Australian market operating out of its brand new, state-of-the-art facilities in Sydney.

EuropeFX’s Chief Operating Officer had this to say about the opportunity to partner with the world famous Rabbitohs.

“While the company has created a strong foundation in Europe, where the response to our blend of tradable assets and cutting-edge trading platforms has been exceptional, the initial response to the brand in Australia exceeded all expectations, prompting our decision to establish a presence in Sydney, and who better to partner with, than the South Sydney Rabbitohs”, he said.

“It was the Rabbitohs relentless determination and never-ending pursuit of excellence that made them our number one choice when it came to sports sponsorship in Australia.”

“The Rabbitohs are a true powerhouse in the National Rugby League and are serial contenders for the top honours in all domestic and international competitions.

“Everyone at EuropeFX will be rooting for the Rabbitohs as they strive for an unprecedented 22nd Premiership in the 2019 NRL season.”

The Rabbitohs have welcomed several new partners in 2019 including Zoom, Safe2Pay and Wotif.com. The addition of EuropeFX further reinforces the Club’s reputation as the go-to corporate partner for leading companies in the digital sector.

Heartbreak for Menezes after ‘drive of his life’ at Le Mans

Gustavo Menezes’ bid to make it three podium finishes from four starts in the Le Mans 24 Hours ended in heartbreak last weekend (15/16 June) in the 87th running of the race widely regarded as the toughest in the world – but the talented young American still managed to turn heads with his scintillating raw speed.

The culmination of the fiercely-disputed FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Super Season’, Le Mans is as gruelling as they come – 24 hours of blood, sweat and tears for drivers, mechanics, engineers, cars and tyres alike. A record-breaking 62 entries tackled the 2019 edition of the legendary round-the-clock classic, which was preceded by an official test day, at which Rebellion Racing posted the quickest time of the non-hybrid teams in the headlining LMP1 category.

Entering the race week sporting a vibrant new, neon ‘art car’ livery – courtesy of a tie-up with Los Angeles-based artist Tomyboy and his Rocketbyz brand – the No.3 entry piloted by Menezes, Thomas Laurent and Nathanaël Berthon overcame engine issues that significantly restricted the trio’s track time to secure fourth on the grid in a disrupted final qualifying session.

That was achieved by dint of a stellar late effort from Menezes that lifted the Rebellion-Gibson R-13 prototype above ex-McLaren Formula 1 ace Stoffel Vandoorne in the best-placed of the two SMP Racing cars. Not for the first time this season, the 24-year-old Californian was the fastest Rebellion driver over a single lap, less than a second shy of pole position around the 13.626km La Sarthe circuit and almost three seconds quicker than a certain Fernando Alonso in one of the pace-setting Toyotas.

Menezes took the start of the race, and after gaining a position away from the line, he briefly outfoxed World Champion-elect Sébastien Buemi for second before focussing on fending off another former F1 driver in the shape of Vitaly Petrov for third.

An enthralling cat-and-mouse duel ensued as the 2016 FIA WEC LMP2 Champion, Le Mans class-winner and ‘Revelation of the Year’ initially found himself unable to shake off the SMP car due to its straight-line speed advantage. A combination of superior racecraft – particularly through the traffic – and excellent pit-stops from the Rebellion crew, however, eventually allowed him to pull clear, and by the time he handed over to Berthon, he had established a margin of almost a minute.

Ground was lost when Laurent was subsequently boxed in during a pit visit, but worse was to follow. As darkness began to fall, the Frenchman made contact with the wall at the second Mulsanne chicane, requiring an unscheduled pit-stop for replacement front bodywork and relegating the No.3 car to fifth, a full lap behind its two SMP rivals.

Menezes returned to the cockpit at 11pm and immediately went on the attack, making short work of overhauling the fourth-placed SMP and – with the bit well-and-truly between his teeth – going on to reduce the deficit to Egor Orudzhev in the sister car to less than 50 seconds. That relentless pressure ultimately told as the Russian crashed just before 1:30am, reinstating the Rebellion in third.

Berthon and Laurent maintained the rhythm during their stints before Menezes got back in approaching 7am, but half-an-hour later, the crew was handed a three-minute stop-and-go penalty for a tyre rule violation. That dropped the Williams-Harfield Sports Group protégé behind the surviving SMP entry once again, and as he endeavoured to regain the initiative, he found himself edged onto the kerb by a lapped GT car going through the Porsche Curves, sending the R-13 into a spin and beaching it in the gravel.

The delay cost the Rebellion two laps, and brake failure shortly before 10am necessitated another lengthy pit visit, leaving Menezes, Laurent and Berthon a frustrated and disappointed fifth at the chequered flag – albeit securing them third position in the final World Championship standings, and top non-hybrid competitor.

The statistics also showed that the highly-rated Santa Monica native set the third-fastest lap time of the 186 drivers in the race and was second-quickest in terms of average pace, a scant 0.018s adrift of Mike Conway’s benchmark in the Toyota – an impressive achievement indeed given the performance disparity between the hybrid and non-hybrid entries. And as for a return to the podium at Le Mans, well, he reasons, there’s always next year…

“That was a long 24 hours!” reflected Menezes, a former winner of the coveted Jim Russell Driver Scholarship Award. “We felt quite confident going into the race after practice and qualifying, and I got an amazing start to pass the SMP and then get around the second of the Toyotas too, though I slightly caught the back of it in the process, which cost us a bit of front end downforce.

“We had a good battle with the SMP early on – it was so fast in a straight line that I could never quite break away from it, but after the Rebellion boys changed the nose on the R-13 at the first pit-stop, I was able to pull clear and handed the car over to Nathanaël in a strong position.

“He then picked up the baton, but we lost some time in one of the pit-stops – with the pit-lane being so tight at Le Mans, we got stuck between cars in the boxes either side of us. We lost further time when Thomas hit the wall, which left us almost a lap behind the SMP in third place and when I got back in at around 11pm, the team just told me, ‘qualifying mode – let’s go!’ That stint was probably the drive of my life – I put my absolute heart and soul into it and was faster than the Toyotas at times.

“Nathanaël did a great job again to settle into a consistent rhythm and strengthen our grip on third, before Thomas maintained that momentum in the morning, and we had two minutes in-hand over the SMP when I returned to the cockpit just before 7am on Sunday. The objective at that stage was simply to bring it home, and it was nice not to have to take as many risks as I had done during the night – if you push too hard for too long in a race like Le Mans, ultimately, you’re asking for trouble.

“Towards the end of my stint, I had just put the SMP a lap down when I received a radio message saying I had to pit next time round to serve a three-minute penalty due to having the wrong serial number on the tyres we had taken on at the last stop, which wasn’t even the team’s mistake. As I exited the pits again on ice cold tyres, I could only watch as the SMP flashed past to move into third. After all the effort we had put in to pull so far ahead, that was absolutely galling and the race really unravelled from there.

“We had no choice but to re-engage ‘quali mode’, and I had almost caught Vandoorne back up when I got squeezed by a GT car going through the Porsche Curves. I clipped the kerb, and that sent me into a spin. It was so sad to see the podium just slip through our fingers and the brake failure then hammered the final nail into the coffin, but honestly, I can’t praise Rebellion Racing and my two team-mates highly enough for the incredible job that everyone did. The pace we had was unreal, so we’ll just have to come back next year and try again…”

RISING AMERICAN SPORTSCAR STAR SPEEDS TO FOURTH PODIUM OF FIA WEC ‘SUPER SEASON’

RISING AMERICAN SPORTSCAR STAR SPEEDS TO FOURTH PODIUM OF FIA WEC ‘SUPER SEASON’

Gustavo Menezes tamed the elements for a superb second-place finish with Rebellion Racing at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend, as the penultimate round of the fiercely-disputed 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship quite literally played host to four seasons in one day.

Nestled deep in the Ardennes forest and renowned as arguably the world’s greatest drivers’ circuit, Belgian Grand Prix venue Spa is one of the oldest racetracks in existence, dating all the way back to 1922 – and it always generates drama. Regarded as the traditional dress rehearsal for next month’s legendary Le Mans 24 Hours – the pinnacle of the FIA WEC campaign and inaugural ‘Super Season’ finale – the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps is invariably one of the most challenging races on the calendar. And last weekend, the weather threw an extra curve ball into the mix.

Menezes is no stranger to success at Spa, having sped to pole position in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2014 – outperforming then team-mate and current Formula 1 superstar Max Verstappen along the way – and victory in FIA WEC’s LMP2 class in 2016. The talented young American similarly reached the rostrum there on his debut in the headlining LMP1 category this time last year, and he was immediately on the pace on his return 12 months on.

The fastest of the Rebellion sextet by almost a full second in opening free practice behind the wheel of the No.3 car, Menezes replicated that form in a rain-affected qualifying session, as he and Thomas Laurent joined forces to put the leading Rebellion-Gibson R-13 prototype fourth on the grid in the high-calibre field.

In front of a sizeable trackside crowd the following day, Laurent held his ground against ex-F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne at the start to hang onto fourth place, but the advent of snow precipitated a swift switch to wet-weather tyres. That early decision proved to be a judicious one and elevated the Rebellion into third, behind only the all-conquering Toyotas and comfortably clear of the next-best non-hybrid entrant.

The first of four safety car interruptions – prompted by deteriorating visibility – closed the pack up again at around the half-hour mark, before the sun made a welcome re-appearance. When Menezes took over behind the wheel, he found himself down in fifth position, but the highly-rated Santa Monica, California native wasted little time in overhauling former FIA WEC World Champion and outright Le Mans winner Neel Jani in the sister car and chasing down SMP Racing’s Vandoorne for the final podium spot. On-track at the same time as Fernando Alonso in the race-winning Toyota, Menezes even outpaced the two-time F1 World Champion on occasion, and the tussle for third became a scrap for second when the other Toyota peeled into the pits at half-distance with hybrid sensor issues.

The 2016 FIA WEC LMP2 Champion, Le Mans class-winner and ‘Revelation of the Year’ then handed over to Nathanaël Berthon, with the Frenchman and compatriot Laurent continuing the good work as they artfully managed further safety car interventions for heavy rain and hail. Indeed, the latter caught, passed and pulled as much as 20 seconds away from the SMP Racing entry before the fourth and final neutralisation wiped out that hard-earned advantage. There were only 15 minutes left on the clock when the race re-started, with the Rebellion’s margin in the duel for the runner-up spoils reduced to less than a second, but Laurent had extended that gap to just over 6.5 seconds when the action was eventually red-flagged with 11 minutes to go as the weather closed in once again.

Coming home two laps ahead of the sister R-13 at the end of an impressively error-free run, the trio’s fourth podium finish from seven starts this season consolidated Menezes’ third position in the World Championship standings in endurance racing’s premier global series, with only the jewel in the crown now remaining – the 87th edition of the world’s most famous round-the-clock race on 15/16 June…

 

Well that was all a bit crazy!” reflected the 24-year-old Williams-Harfield Sports Group protégé, a former winner of the coveted Jim Russell Driver Scholarship Award. “Even by Spa standards, it was pretty insane. We had sun, rain, hail and snow – sometimes all at once! That certainly kept everybody on their toes…

We began the weekend on the back foot a little, and it took us until the third practice session to get the Rebellion fully dialled in but in qualifying, the R-13 was perfect – right where we needed it to be. Thomas [Laurent] then made a good start in the race and braved it out through Eau Rouge for the first time, and at one point we even split the Toyotas early on after one of them had a slow pit-stop.”

Thankfully, I wasn’t out there in the worst of the weather; I got in as the track was transitioning from wet tyres to intermediates and eventually slicks, and we timed the switch just right. The No.3 car felt incredible – really well-balanced – and while the SMP was clearly very quick, I knew we had a chance to beat them and kept chipping away.”

I was 40 seconds behind at the beginning of my stint, but by putting in consistent laps and making up time through the traffic, I had more than halved that gap by the time I handed over to Nat [Berthon], who like Thomas did a great job in pretty brutal conditions – they both said they could barely see a thing at times. There were cars spinning off left, right and centre but we kept our cool and made no mistakes to bring it home in second place.”

I won’t lie, I wasn’t sorry to see the red flag towards the end – it was definitely the right call. It was a relief to welcome the car back in one piece, and after what was unquestionably one of the toughest races of my career, the podium champagne never tasted so good!

There’s just one more to go now this season – the big one – and whilst we still have some work to do on the technical side to refine the R-13 and extract a bit more speed between here and Le Mans, motivation is sky-high and we are determined to sign off the season in style!

HAWKSWORTH HITS MARKS IN FINAL MINUTES TO GIVE AIM VASSER SULLIVAN FIRST IMSA WITH LEXUS

HAWKSWORTH HITS MARKS IN FINAL MINUTES TO GIVE AIM VASSER SULLIVAN FIRST IMSA WITH LEXUS

Jack Hawksworth proved to be calm under intense pressure on Sunday afternoon at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to send AIM VASSER SULLIVAN to victory lane for the first time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Driving the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 in the GT Daytona (GTD) class, Hawksworth kept a hard-charging Mario Farnbacher in his rearview mirror after stealing the lead from him on a restart with 30 minutes remaining in the two-hour, 40-minute Acura Sports Car Challenge.

Farnbacher didn’t relent, though, keeping Hawksworth within striking distance of his No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 machine. On the final lap, Farnbacher was able to pull along the driver side of the Lexus, yet couldn’t complete the pass on the outside line.

The victory is Lexus’ third in IMSA GTD competition, with the first coincidentally coming one year ago at Mid-Ohio. The No. 14 was expected to be a fierce competitor on Sunday, with Hawksworth’s co-driver Richard Heistand placing the car on the pole during qualifying on Saturday.

My first race in the WeatherTech Championship I won (2014 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Prototype Challenge class), and then I went on the biggest dry spell of all-time, so it’s nice to be back in a win,” said Hawksworth. I was a part of the team last year when they won here and I’ve had some great times in the Lexus RC F over the last three years. It’s a pleasure to work alongside Lexus and drive with these great teams. I’ve had a lot of poles and fastest laps and I’ve had a lot of fastest cars, but it just never happened. But this race, it just all came together.”

 

Hawksworth described his battle with Farnbacher as a cat-and-mouse game, seeing the Lexus and Acura having strengths at different sectors of the track. Heistand was quick to give credit to his co-driver following the race for holding off the Acura.

Jack did an unbelievable job,” said Heistand, who earned his first IMSA victory. That pass on the restart, it was just incredible. His pace at the end, people don’t realize this Lexus at the end of the stint is hard compared to the other cars with the tires. What he does at the end of the stint is remarkable. Just look at the pace of the other cars at the end of the race there. What he did was incredible. I’m thrilled.”

It was a bittersweet runner-up finish for Farnbacher and co-driver Trent Hindman, who led a class-high 85 laps after starting from the ninth position. Hindman and Farnbacher, however, now hold a seven-point lead over the other AIM VASSER SULLIVAN entry, the No. 12 of Townsend Bell and Frank Montecalvo.

The No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Scott Hargrove and Zach Robichon was poised for its first podium finish of the season until bad luck struck the team again. With under seven minutes remaining, and running third at the time, Hargrove’s Porsche slid off the track into the gravel and was unable to continue. The team ultimately finished 12th. Capitalizing on the Porsche’s bad luck was the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 of Bryan Sellers and Ryan Hardwick. It is the team’s first top-10 finish of the season. A television re-air of the Acura Sports Car Challenge will be shown on NBCSN on Wednesday, May 8 at 3 p.m. ET.

The next round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship takes place at the Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Park. The 100-minute Chevrolet Sports Car Classic is set for Saturday, June 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with live coverage also available via IMSA Radio on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio. Tickets are available now on DetroitGP.com.

RoboMarkets Becomes Official Partner of BMW M Motorsport

RoboMarkets, a foreign exchange (forex) broker licensed in Cyprus, has yet again expanded its presence in the sporting world, by announcing that it has become the official partner of BMW M Motorsport for the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters).

As part of the agreement, for the upcoming DTM season, Swedish BMW works driver Joel Eriksson will compete to win in the brand new #47 BMW M4 DTM racing car. As he competes, there will be “prominent RoboMarkets brand appearance” the statement said.

For those who aren’t familiar with the event, the 2019 DTM season consists of 18 races in total and commences on May 4. The tournament will start in Hockenheim, Germany before moving on to other cities in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Konstantin Rashap, CBO at RoboMarkets: “We’re very proud to become an official partner of BMW M Motorsport, a team with outstanding history and winning traditions.
“RoboMarkets highly appreciates the commitment to excellence and willingness to compete for the best results, and the BMW M Motorsport team represents these values perfectly. Our partnership will enhance RoboMarkets brand awareness in Europe. We wish BMW M Motorsport team success in the new season and the achievement of all goals at each stage of the DTM series.”

Sports sponsorships are a popular way for companies to expand their exposure. This tactic has long been used by FX and CFD brokers, like RoboMarkets. The strategy is also increasingly being used by cryptocurrency firms.
In fact, the CySEC-regulated broker has a suite of sports partnerships. As Finance Magnates reported, the company signed an official partnership agreement with the Lithuanian Basketball Club Žalgiris. Per this agreement, the broker will be an official sponsor of the basketball team in the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) during the 2018/2019 season which will commence in September this year.

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