MINI WRC Team driver Kris Meeke visits the Oktoberfest

[ Source: BMW AG, Munich, 19th September 2011.]

Motorsport, yachting and winter sports stars enjoy relaxed atmosphere at the 178th Munich Oktoberfest.

Kris Meeke guest of BMW Group’s “Wies’n-Sport-Stammtisch”

Munich is once again celebrating its annual Oktoberfest. Various stars representing a diverse range of sports on Monday visited the BMW Group’s “Wies’n-Sport-Stammtisch” at the world’s largest and best-known public festival.

Stars from the motorsport, yachting and winter sports disciplines joined invited media guests to review the current sporting year, and preview the upcoming 2011/12 winter sports season.

At the fun-filled ‘Wies’n-Ausflug’, motorsport’s various genres were represented by MINI WRC Team rally driver Kris Meeke (GBR), BMW DTM drivers Andy Priaulx (GBR) and Augusto Farfus (BRA), BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt and BMW Motorrad Superbike rider Troy Corser (AUS). Sailing ace Markus Wieser was joined during this unique Oktoberfest experience by BMW Sport Ambassadors Katarina Witt (Figure Skating), Georg Hackl (Luge), Manuel Machata and Christoph Langen (both Bobsleigh), as well as Ice Hockey legend Erich Kühnhackl.

In the afternoon, the ‘Wies’n-Rundgang’ walkabout was on the agenda. At the ‘Hau-den-Lukas’ and ‘Autoscooter’, BMW’s guests had the opportunity of testing their skills in a ‘sporting’ manner, with the highlight of the Oktoberfest contests being the traditional crossbow shoot. Finally it was time to relax with extremely tasty delicacies accompanied by cold refreshments at the ‘Wies’n-Stammtisch’ in the “Armbrustschützenzelt”.

“Of course I have heard a lot about the Oktoberfest in the past, but this was actually the first time for me to visit it”, said MINI WRC Team driver Kris Meeke. “It is really impressive and I had a lot of fun together with the other drivers Andy, Augusto and Troy. But I have to admit that I am looking forward to wearing a race suit again instead of these short leather trousers.”

“After being here last year, this was my second visit to the Oktoberfest and it is really something special”, commented BMW works driver Augusto Farfus. “It reminds me a little bit of the carnival back home in Brazil with a lot of people coming here and having a lot of fun. Like the carnival, the Oktoberfest is something unique. It was a really interesting day and I enjoyed it very much.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed my day at the Wies’n”, said reigning Bobsleigh World Champion and overall World Cup winner Manuel Machata. “We had a lot of fun. The discussions with the motorsport stars were great. I also have petrol in my blood, and compete in races myself from time to time. Equally, they are extremely interested in our sport, with the common bond being that we need adrenaline and always go to the limit.”

Well sheesh, we find a blurb about one of our MINI WRC drivers having a blast at Oktoberfest, and call it “news” heh. We can’t wait till we see our WRC teams back on the circuit or test tracks again soon. Miniology will be there with our continuous, almost-live coverage of the events!