Panasonic Toyota Racing driver Timo Glock will take the wraps off his new-look helmet this afternoon at the Nürburgring, venue for this weekend's German Grand Prix.
Over 170 children responded to the Panasonic 'Kids School' competition to design new helmet colours for Timo to wear throughout the German Grand Prix weekend, before reverting to his usual design for the rest of the season.
The competition was open to school children throughout Germany from the ages of five to 17.
Timo studied the entries at the last Grand Prix at Silverstone and selected the winner; six-year-old Tom Luca Hoffmann from Bad Lippspringe, around 400km north east of the Nürburgring. His design shows Timo driving a Toyota Formula 1 car past cheering spectators.
Tom, who is at the Nürburgring with his family as a VIP guest of Panasonic Toyota Racing, will visit the team motorhome to present Timo with his helmet. All TV and photographers in the Nürburgring paddock are welcome to attend.
Timo said: "I was very impressed with Tom's drawing because it is quite detailed even though he is only a young kid; that's why I chose it. I'm looking forward to racing with it in front of my home fans and hopefully it will be a lucky charm!"
When he leaves the Nürburgring, Tom will take a signed replica helmet with him as a souvenir.
Timo will donate his German Grand Prix helmet to the United Nations World Food Programme (www.wfp.org) for a charity auction. It will begin on Saturday evening shortly before the World Championship between Felix Sturm v Khoren Gevor boxing match at the new ring° arena at the Nürburgring, organised by Universum Box-Promotion.
Prior to that main event there will be six other world-class bouts until around 10pm, when Timo will announce to the 5,000 fans, celebrities, media and a live television audience of millions the start of an internet auction for the helmet.
The World Food Programme's 'Fill The Cup' logo appears on the front wing of the TF109 courtesy of team partner ALJ and Timo has already been involved in promotional activities for the campaign. The Panasonic 'Kids School' competition presented another opportunity to assist the World Food Programme's fight against hunger.
PHOTO/TV OPPORTUNITY DETAILS
When? Thursday 9 July, 5pm
Where? Panasonic Toyota Racing motorhome in the Nürburgring paddock
What? Timo Glock will meet Panasonic competition winner Tom Luca Hoffman to receive his new helmet design
High-resolution, copyright-free images of Timo's helmet and the handover ceremony will be available on www.toyota-f1-world.com soon after the presentation.