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  ADT and Champion Racing to create history at Le Mans  

ADT, the world’s leading provider of electronic security solutions, and Team ADT Champion Racing, a leading contender for the upcoming Le Mans 24 hour race in France, have teamed up to overcome a unique challenge at Le Mans this year. 

Unlike previous years, in 2005 the Le Mans testing weekend (5 June) and race weekend (18/19 June) are just 13 days apart. Historically, all the race teams have packed up and left the venue after testing and returned several weeks later for the race, however because of the short gap between test and race they are remaining on site this year, which poses a new security challenge for the teams. 

In response to growing concerns over the security of Team ADT Champion Racing’s equipment, components and spares - worth several million dollars - and to ensure maximum protection for the team in the lead up to the race weekend, ADT is providing electronic surveillance for the team. This is the first time ever in the 73 year history of Le Mans that a race team is being provided with electronic surveillance of this nature. 

The surveillance operation is being carried out via a new state of the art mobile closed circuit television (CCTV) vehicle that is positioned in Team ADT Champion Racing’s pit paddock area. This vehicle has been fitted out with the latest digital CCTV technology, to provide continuous 24 hour monitoring for the team in the lead up to the race. This includes a live feed of vision from strategically positioned cameras into Team ADT Champion Racing’s management centre. 

Don Skuta, Director of Business Development for the Champion Group, said: “This initiative not only creates a strong link between ADT’s capabilities and the operations of Team ADT Champion Racing, but it gives us full confidence that our valuable racing equipment is being protected at all times. We are delighted to be making history with ADT in the lead up to this historic event, and we also hope to make further history by winning the race.” 

Alex McNutt, Managing Director of ADT Europe, said: “ADT is proud to be supporting Team ADT Champion Racing and this unique partnership takes our relationship to a new level. The surveillance operation in Le Mans is a fantastic example of how ADT’s cutting edge CCTV technology can be deployed in any environment to provide tailored solutions to our customers’ needs. 

“ADT is pleased to be working with Team ADT Champion Racing in preparing for the race weekend and we look forward to seeing both cars on the podium come Sunday afternoon” Mr McNutt added.

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