Castrol RacingWe have long been associated with leading teams and personalities in the world of motorsport. "Castrol Racing" was first developed as a working trackside identity for use in the arena of sportscar racing at Le Mans in the late 1980's and early 1990's when we supported the Jaguar and Mercedes teams. Since then, we have used it more generally around the world, giving us a strong, recognisable presence at race circuits. Today, Castrol Racing can be found working with top teams around the world underlining our heritage and involvement in motorsport.
MotoGP and World SuperbikesOur motorcycle sponsorship programme for 2007 consists of four elements:
MotoGP: Continued involvement in MotoGP with the Fortuna Honda Team with riders Marco Melandri and Toni Elias on the works 2007 Honda RC212Vs
World Superbike: The World Superbike Championship with 2004 WSB champion James Toseland and former World Supersport champ Karl Muggeridge riding a pair of Tenkate Racing Honda CBR1000RRs.
World Supersport: The continuation of our sponsorship in the World Supersport Championship, also with Tenkate Racing. Reigning champ Sebastien Charpentier returns to defend his title and is joined in the team by WSS newcomer Kenan Sofuoglu.
World Rally ChampionshipOur partnership with Ford in the World Rally Championship takes us to every corner of the globe as we help the Ford Focus RS WRC take on the harshest of conditions. From the freezing ice and snow of Sweden to the searing heat and dust of the Acropolis Rally in Greece, Castrol is always there keeping the engine, gearbox and hydraulic systems in the Focus RS running smoothly.
Double former world champ Marcus Grönholm joins the Ford squad this year and is partnered by his long-standing co-driver and brother-in-law Timo Rautiainen. Having taken his last title in 2002, Grönholm is keen to get back on top and take the fight to Citröen rival Sebastien Loeb.
The second Castrol-lubricated Focus is driven by rising star Mikko Hirvonen, who like his team-mate comes from the flying Finn school of rallying. The pair make an imposing duo and with the help of Ford and Castrol will be at ‘maximum attack’ this year.
Touring CarsWorld Touring Car Championship
Castrol also plays a big part in the world’s leading touring car series. The World Touring Car Championship has taken the motorsport world by storm since its inception last year. Castrol is technical sponsor to the BMW teams and will be helping the Munich marque to defend its title after Andy Priaulx triumphed in 2005.
In the legendary 3-series, BMW has a reputation to uphold and chooses Castrol when it needs to a partner it can trust in the harsh on-track conditions.
There are three BMW teams this year, all with star studded drivers. BMW Team Germany has the Müller pairing of Jorg and Dirk, while BMW Team Italy-Spain has former CART champion Alex Zanaredi and touring car ace Duncan Huisman. The line-up is completed by defending champ Priaulx in BMW Team UK.
While WTCC machines use four-cylinder, 2.0-litre engines the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM) cars use mighty V8s and Castrol is again on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly as official lubricant supplier to Audi Motorsport.
Although the series races predominantly in Germany, with races in the UK, Holland, Spain and France as well, the DTM is much more than just a domestic racing championship. Having clinched the title with Mattias Ekstrom in 2004, Audi and Castrol will be looking to take the fight to chief rival Mercedes in 2006.
NHRA Drag RacingFrom a Formula 1 grand prix lasting 90 minutes to the five seconds of a quarter mile drag race. The NHRA drag series has power, passion, performance and Castrol is there every step of the way with Drag Racing legend John Force. Larger than life almost doesn’t do credit to Force’s fun-loving, hard-working and determined character. The man, who bought his first drag racer with a tax rebate cheque more than 20 years ago, has been teamed up with Castrol as his title sponsor almost as long - and it’s been a match made in heaven.
The drag racing star has won 119 races and taken an unprecedented 12 titles. His team John Force Racing has won 13 championships in 14 seasons, an unrivalled feat, and it’s a record that Force is hoping to add to in 2006.