Lookers helps British Bobsleigh Team get off to a flying start at Olympic Games

LookersLoad – (R-L) Lamin Deen (pilot), Ben Simons, John Baines and Andrew Matthews

National motor retailer Lookers has given the British Bobsleigh team’s chances of winning a medal at the Winter Olympics a big push after becoming one of its main sponsors.

The partnership has been vital to the team as it prepares for the Games in PyeongChang, which begin in under two weeks’ time, and has helped the team fund three nine seater Ford Tourneo people carriers, a Land Rover Discovery and an Audi A4 Estate.

The vehicles have proven invaluable as way of transporting the athletes to race tracks all around Europe as the GB team take on the world’s best in countries including Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

And, with the UK lacking a dedicated ice track, the vehicles have also been a vital part of the team’s summer training camps at home and abroad, as well as their regular track and gym sessions at the team’s headquarters at the University of Bath.

The sponsorship agreement is part of Lookers’ ongoing support of local and national sport and will see its logo proudly feature on the team’s race suits as well as the bobsleds themselves.

Heike O’Leary, Group Marketing Director at Lookers, said: “Everyone at Lookers is incredibly excited to be supporting such an impressive team of athletes as they prepare to compete on the biggest stage of all. We are proud of all the sports teams and initiatives that we support around the country, whether it’s a local youth football club or, in this case, a team of elite athletes competing for the ultimate prize.

“With only a matter of days until the opening ceremony in PyeongChang, we wish both the men’s and women’s teams the best of luck.”

The British team’s intensive training regime has helped it record a number of eye catching results in the run up to the Games, with two of its 4-man crews winning Silver and Bronze at the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation World Cup races in Whistler, Canada, and Park City, USA, in November.

The competition in Whistler also saw Silver medal winners and Team GB Olympians Lamin Deen, Toby Olubi, Ben Simons and Andrew Matthews record a new world record speed of 97mph.

This success was shared by the women’s Bobsleigh team, with Junior World Champions Mica McNeill and Mica Moore finishing fifth in the two-woman competition in the same event, which is the best Women’s World Cup result in almost nine years.

Chris Price, Performance Director for British Bobsleigh, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Lookers for its support over the last 18 months. These new vehicles have allowed us to better transport our athletes to races across Europe, meaning that they have been able to travel together and in a greater degree of comfort.

LookersHallBlanchet - Brad Hall (front) and Sam Blanchet (back)

“When you have athletes the size of many of those in our team, knowing that the squad will be travelling in comfort is a massive boost, particularly given that they face long journeys almost immediately after competing for their country. This has helped to further develop the fantastic team spirit we have here in the team, something that is vitally important as we travel to PyeongChang.”

Andrew Matthews, British Bobsleigh brakeman and 2014 and 2018 Olympian, said: “While the last year may have had its challenges, the team is in a great place right now with our World Cup medals in November still fresh in our minds. We are now confident of putting in a performance that will make the country proud in PyeongChang and I would like to thank Lookers for helping us in our preparation. We spend so much time on the road when we are competing and you cannot underestimate the impact that the support from Lookers has had on the squad as a whole. It has taken so much of the uncertainty out of our pre and post-race travel and it’s meant we can focus fully on doing what we do best."