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The Breeze – June 2019 – Sponsorship Corner

See below for everything you need to track the progress and keep up to date on the latest news from our Partner organisations.

 

Mark ‘Frosty’ Winterbottom

Since we last spoke, Frosty has been in the thick of it in a number of races this year.

The Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 occurred mid-March at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. Mark qualified 10th, 10th, 11th and seventh for the four heats, finishing 12th, 11th and 13th in the races across Friday and Saturday.

“We finished the weekend with our best result, which was good, but it was the one weekend we didn’t really hit our weaknesses in the car,” Winterbottom told Supercars.com.

Frosty finished the round at 10th in the standings, one place ahead of Triple Eight’s Shane Van Gisbergen.

“You see races where there’s five Mustangs up the front. To be the second Commodore on Sunday I thought was kind of cool.” – Mark Winterbottom

What an outstanding performance from Frosty at the Tasmania SuperSprint held in early April. In only his third event since joining Team 18, Frosty scored his best return securing the team’s first pole position for Race 7 on the Saturday before finishing fourth, and sixth place on the Sunday.

“When you do things like this you can see what it means. They’d never had a pole before and I can contribute to that, hopefully we can get their first trophy” – Mark Winterbottom

It had been around 1,000 days since his last pole position which extends back to 2016, but Frosty believes this win is the kickstart they need, saying:

“They don’t come easy; but when you do have a good car and a good team, they do tend to flow a bit.”

This great achievement saw Winterbottom finish seventh in the points leading into Phillip Island.

At the Perth SuperNight in early May, tyre trouble saw Frosty finish in 15th position. Going from 15th to eighth position, only to drop back to 15th in the last 10 laps.

Frosty told Supercars “Tough weekend, good signs but unfortunately we have absolutely nothing to show for it.”

We wish Mark all the best for his upcoming races and look forward to seeing him back in that pole position. Go get ‘em Frosty!

Outside of the racetrack, Frosty recently joined some of our W.A. Dealers for some friendly (and not at all competitive….) go karting.

Parramatta Eels

After a very tough 2018 season, the Eels started 2019 with a bang, winning 3 of their first 4 matches. They also played their first ever game at the brand-new Bankwest Stadium, thrashing the Tigers 51-0 in an Easter Monday blockbuster in front of a sold out crowd.

This event was the last in our ActronAir Ultimate Summer promotion, where some of our lucky winners, Roger Boyagi and Robert Younes of Epic Air, watched on from the comfort of ActronAir’s corporate suite.

“We had a great time on Monday at the football and overall the entire sporting experience was EPIC!”
– Promo winner, Robert Younes

In recent exciting news they’ve announced a couple of big contract moves, with their star skipper Clint Gutherson signing a three-year extension and coach Brad Arthur announcing a new two-year deal that will keep him with the Eels until at least the end of 2021.

One of the best elements of working with the Eels is the interaction and positive impact we can have with our Western Sydney community. A great example of this was seen on 15th April, when ActronAir’s NSW State Manager Alan Golledge was able to attend Ronald McDonald House with the Eels squad to hand out gifts to the children receiving treatment and their families. This is an annual event in the club’s calendar and is a great way of giving back to the local community. We consider it a privilege that we’re able to play our part.

During our recent game day activation at a Parramatta Eels home game, we gave away a 3.5kW wall split system to a lucky Eels supporter at half time. Check out the video below.

Brisbane Roar

There’s a huge buzz around Brisbane Roar at the moment and believe it or not, it’s not all about ActronAir being their Principal Partner.

After the departure of coach John Aloisi in December last year, Brisbane Roar recently announced that they’d signed a new Head Coach: none other than Liverpool FC legend Robbie Fowler.

Fowler, whose 183 goals in 369 matches for the English Premier league team earned him the nickname ‘God’ amongst Reds fans, has made the move from England back to Queensland to coach the A-league team.

ActronAir would like to welcome Robbie to the team and wish him all the best for the new season. We look forward to working with Robbie as part of our Partnership with Brisbane Roar FC.

It’s also an exciting start to the winter season kick-off for Roar’s W League team, with the Westfield Matilda’s recently announced 23-player squad for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup featuring a number of Brisbane Roar players.

Captain & Player of the Year Clare Polkinghorne will be joined by fellow teammates Hayley Raso, Katrina Gorry and Mackenzie Arnold, alongside Roar Women Head Coach Mel Andreatta who will also be joining the ladies in France as an Assistant Coach.

Brisbane Roar’s Gala Night held at The Lion Richlands saw Hyundai A-League Captain Matt McKay inducted into the Brisbane Roar Hall of Fame. A 272 game veteran, Matt is the third player to receive this honour, and the timing couldn’t have been better with McKay having announced his retirement from professional football a few weeks earlier.

Finally, congratulations to Eric Bautheac on taking home Hyundai A-League Players’ Player of the Year. Eagle eyed viewers may recognise Bautheac, who earlier this year took part in the UFC episode of ActronAir’s ‘Athletes Outside their Comfort Zone’ series, alongside current UFC Champ Robert Whittaker. We’re thrilled that he made it through his sparring session intact and was able to complete a strong individual season.

Robert Whittaker

Since Robert’s injury which saw him pull out of UFC 234 against Kelvin Gastelum in Melbourne earlier this year, we are pleased to see he is back into full training and looking better than ever.

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from the Champ, it’s that a ‘true champion always looks forward’.

At this stage it is undecided who Whittaker’s next fight will be against or where it will take place, but we can rest assured he will be in his best form ready to take on whatever challenge presents itself. Keep up the great work, Rob!