The last of the 21 identities who will compete in the Mazda6 Celebrity Challenge at next weekend’s Australian Formula 1 Rolex Grand Prix in Melbourne have been confirmed.
The last four seats will be taken by actor Jonathon LaPaglia, singer Sarah DeBono, former Australian test cricketer Brad Hodge and TV presenter Scott McGregor.
The quartet will join their fellow drivers this week for an intensive three-day driver training programme run by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports (CAMS), run under the guidance of five-time V8 Supercars champion Mark Skaife.
“Those involved in the Mazda6 Celebrity Challenge will be, by nature, quite competitive,” Skaife said.
“They all want to do well, and it is our job to teach them how to stay safe and enjoy the experience while keeping them under control – which can be quite a challenge at times.”
The full grid of competitors comprises:
|Celebrity||Claim to Fame|
|Anna Mears||Australian Olympic cyclist|
|Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann||Radio presenter, Gold FM Melbourne|
|Brad Hodge||Former Australian international cricketer|
|Sir Chris Hoy||British Olympic cyclist|
|Chris Tarrant||Former AFL footballer|
|Em Rusciano||Melbourne media personality|
|Hamish MacDonald||Channel Ten news presenter|
|Holly Candy||Actress and singer|
|Jessica Gomes||Australian international model|
|Kate Peck||Model and TV presenter, 2011 Australian Grand Prix ambassador|
|Magdalena Roze||Channel Ten TV presenter|
|Mark Beretta||Channel Seven sports presenter|
|Matthew Cowdrey||Australia’s most successful Paralympic athlete|
|Renae Ayris||Miss Universe 2012|
|Sarah de Bono||Singer|
|Scott McGregor||Australian model, TV presenter and actor|
|Shane Delia||Celebrity Chef|
|Wayne Cooper||International fashion designer|
The Mazda6 Celebrity Challenge is one of several support category events to run at next weekend’s Grand Prix. It is also one of the principal branding events for Mazda Australia, which hopes to showcase the new diesel-powered sedan’s much-lauded SkyActiv technology – a KERS-inspired system that harnesses the car’s braking energy and reinvests it into engine power.