Manfred Pranger and Völkl - Dream Team gearing up for another run

02 April 2010 16:00

Slalom world champion extends sponsorship deal and shows faith in the new RACETIGER with SPEEDWALL technology.

Manfred Pranger (AUT) will continue his campaign using equipment from Marker Völkl. The Austrian slalom world champion and the German ski maker have now officially confirmed the extension of their successful collaboration.

"I'm very pleased to be continuing my journey with Völkl. The new materials - and the SPEEDWALL technology in particular - has a tremendous amount of potential that I want to take advantage of. I have a great deal of trust in the Völkl team. For me the entire setup is simply right," Pranger says.

The early contract renewal gives the world champion the chance to work intensely on fine tuning the material to his needs. In Pranger's words: "My preparation for the coming season has already begun."

Just a few days ago Pranger underlined his expectations for 2010/11 through a podium place at this year's World Cup finals in Garmisch-Patenkirchen. The 32-year-old pro racer has already declared his stated objective: defending his crown at the world championships, to be held next year in this same venue. And the man from Tyrol also intends to claim points and podium places during the individual races of the new World Cup season.

"Manni's loyalty to his ski brand is a terrific sign of trust. He is a gifted technician who always seems to churn out top results. Our ski development team also benefits from his input. With his professional and friendly manner, he also serves as a role model particularly for the younger members of our squad," reports Marker Völkl Racing Program Director Klaus Gattermann.

Christop Dreier (AUT) also renews with Marker Völkl
There's also reason to be pleased with the sponsorship renewal by Christoph Dreier. Pranger's colleague in the Austrian national team - and competitor on the slalom circuit - returned from a long injury break to claim a victory in the Europacup (Mt. Pora, ITA) and a third place finish in the Austrian National Championships (Innerkrems, AUT). All signs are go for a return to successful ways.