With a thrilling match at the prestigious Tang Polo Club in Beijing, China, the 2016 edition of the Maserati Polo Tour has come to an end following stops at six prominent polo fields around the world. With its 12-goal level, the 2016 China Open Polo Tournament attracted many of the world’s finest polo players and provided an opportunity for guests to experience the luxurious qualities of Maserati cars.
Played over two days, 4 talented polo teams, featuring top professional players from across the world, delivered competitive and entertaining polo to the more than 300 guests who attended the matches. Among the players were also very special Royal guests; HRH Prince Jefri Bolkiah and HH Prince Qawi playing respectively in the Maserati Team.
The Maserati team, featuring top players like Facundo Fernandez Llorente, and Martin Podesta, completed the semi-final match with a 4-5 loss to the Tang Polo Club.
Adding to the event’s lively atmosphere was the Maserati car display, further enhancing the match experience for car aficionados and newcomers alike. Maserati exhibited its two most important vehicle models for 2016 at the competition, including its new Quattroporte model, with an exterior restyling, further refinement for the interior and additional high-tech features, as well the all-new SUV Levante, both of which are available with a Ferrari built petrol engine.
“We are honoured to have organised the final match of the Maserati Polo Tour 2016 in Beijing and are delighted to have presented such an exciting and wonderful polo tour to our local customers,” said Mirko Bordiga, Managing Director of Maserati China. “Polo shares many similarities with the Maserati brand, in performance and lifestyle. Both are known for bringing together individuals with a passion for competition, style, excitement and awe-inspiring performance. They are welcome and enjoyed by our Chinese customers.”
In its third year, the Maserati Polo Tour 2016 travelled around the world to some of the most exclusive polo destinations on three continents, from St. Moritz to Dubai, Great Britain, the USA, Spain and China. Always in partnership with La Martina, the technical supplier to the Maserati teams.
Officine Alfieri Maserati was founded on 1 December 1914 in Bologna, Italy. Since then, Maserati has played a consistently important role in the history of sports car culture and its development. Every Maserati is like a work of art, its perfection expressing the marque’s proud history. Celebrating over 100 years of unmistakable styling and technological innovation, Maserati is a company in rapid expansion. With presence in 65 markets worldwide, its role is clearly confirmed as an international ambassador of Italian excellence. This excellence is conveyed every day with passion through products of outstanding performance seen in the GranTurismo, GranCabrio, Ghibli, Quattroporte and the new Levante SUV.
About La Martina
La Martina is a family-based polo lifestyle company with a strategic retail division and a focused philosophy about what this sport represents. By investing in technical equipment, conducting research in laboratories, and developing cutting edge products, La Martina is consistently leading the way in safety and performance on the polo field. Off the polo field, La Martina understands that polo is a passion, a lifestyle choice, and an historic sport with a unique culture that needs to be protected and preserved. La Martina helps in doing just this: supporting clubs, associations, professionals and amateurs through the generations, the “aspiring” and the “aspirational”. With global offices in north and South America, Switzerland and the UK, La Martina manages an international network that is uniquely positioned to be the market leader in the organization and support of polo.
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