First winner of new Pirelli GP Challenge announced

Burton Upon Trent, May 17, 2012 – The first winner of the newly-launched Pirelli Grand Prix Challenge (PGPC), an online Formula One predicition game, has won an Italian Supercar experience for two at Thruxton race circuit.The Pirelli GP Challenge is free to play and users can sign up at any time during the season. Users make their predicitions ahead of each Grand Prix and the top five performers win a prize. Plus, after every four races, a round winner will be announced with all players starting again with a zero points balance. In addition to the individual GP and round winners there will also be an overall winner who will win a VIP trip to the USA Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.Helen Barbour was the highest scoring player following the Spanish GP last weekend and her predictions have rewarded her with the chance to drive two of the best models of Ferrari and Lamborghini with an ARDS qualified race instructor.“I’m absolutely delighted to have won, and I can't believe I’ve managed to beat off all the competition without knowing a huge amount about Formula One,” said Barbour.  “My husband is even more happy with my win as he will get to come along with me on the track day at Thruxton. Thanks very much to Pirelli for this brilliant prize, I’ll definitely continue playing in the future in the hope of winning more prizes.”A host of big names have already signed up to forecast their predictions including former British racing driver and TV presenter, Tiff Needell. Other celebrity users include Pirelli test driver Lucas di Grassi and F1 journalist and correspondent for BBC Radio 5 Live, James Allen. Users will be able to view celebrity predicitions ahead of each race, and can use their knowledge and expertise as a guide when making their own forecast.For your chance to win a string of prizes totaling a cash value of over £50,000, visit the www.pirelligpchallenge.co.uk website and make your predictions ahead of next week’s Monaco Grand Prix.

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