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Olivia Ortiz Wins Miss TW Steel Portuga

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Amsterdam, April 13, 2009: TW Steel, the ‘Official Watch and Timing Partner’ of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport crowned its sixth national ‘Miss TW Steel’ winner in Portugal on Sunday, 12th April, as Miss Olivia Ortiz was selected at the stunning new Autodromo Internacional do Algarve outside Portimao.

The 22-year-old’s win, which included a prize of $1500 and her own TW Steel watch, followed on-track victories in A1GP for Robert Doornbos and A1 Team Netherlands, in the morning’s Sprint race, and Neel Jani for A1 Team Switzerland in the afternoon’s dramatic Feature race.

Ortiz, who hails from Guarda in Portugal, now moves forward to the ‘Miss TW Steel’ grand finale, set to take place this summer in the United Kingdom. The national winners, all crowned at A1GP races held around the world this season, will go head-to-head for the title of ‘Miss TW Steel 2008-09’, $25,000 US in prize money and a photo-shoot with a leading lifestyle magazine.

“I’d like to officially congratulate Olivia on her selection here in Portugal,” said TW Steel’s CEO, Jordy Cobelens. “We’re looking forward to welcoming her to the UK for the final of ‘Miss TW Steel’ in a couple of months. I know she’s excited by the opportunity and she’s certainly got the potential to be a great ambassador for TW Steel.

“We’ve had a fantastic day of racing in Portugal and I’d like to pass on our congratulations to both Netherlands and Switzerland for their victories but also to A1 Team Portugal for reaching the podium twice at their home event – a significant and well deserved achievement at this beautiful facility!”

TW Steel is a leader in the field of oversized watches. The Dutch company, its name meaning ‘The Watch in Steel’, has tapped into a burgeoning market for unique-looking time pieces with a growing worldwide appeal. TW Steel’s partnership with A1GP, and the global platform it provides, signifies a key step in the company’s continued expansion. The TW Steel logo, consisting of two clearly defined dots, can also be seen on all timekeeping screens and on track-side billboards at all A1GP races.