Jonathan LaPaglia Sarah de Bono Brad Hodge

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
Jared Dasperis Actor
Jessica Gomes Australian international model
Jonathan LaPaglia Actor
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
Vanessa Amorosi Singer
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.

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