Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge drivers Brett Emerton, Robbie McEwen and Nathan Brown have emerged as the drivers to watch during the first set of practical exercises on day two of driver training at Sandown Raceway.
Lydia Lassila has been named as the favourite for the girls at this early stage, but is followed very closely by fellow Olympian Torah Bright. Both girls are keen to earn a place on the podium in 2014, a familiar location for two of Australia’s brightest Sochi stars.
The group spent the morning in the classroom for their flag lecture learning the vital signals used by on-track officials for communicating with drivers, as well as receiving a detailed briefing from the Confederation of Australian Motor sport (CAMS) about all on-circuit activity.
In their final practical for the day, the celebrities completed their first full laps of Sandown in preparation for their two mock races tomorrow morning.
Brett Emerton said he was he looking forward to putting everything he has learnt into practice for the first mock race.
“We have learnt so much during these two days of driver training. Skaife and his team are remarkable in the way they prepare you for racing,” Emerton said.
“I think everyone is keen to go out really hard and show what they can do, tomorrow will be a good indicator of how we are progressing and who are the clear favourites for Albert Park.”
Lauren Phillips said she is enjoying experience of pushing the All-New Mazda3 to its limits out on the track.
“The Mazda3’s have performed brilliantly so far and this morning’s cornering exercises highlighted just how sporty they are,” Lauren said.
“I picked up my very own All-New Mazda3 a couple of weeks ago, I am yet to tell the other drivers but it has certainly given me a small advantage!”
The Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge will feature 20 vehicles and bring together celebrities from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines to compete at Melbourne’s Albert Park street circuit during the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, 13-16 March, 2014.
The full list of 2014 Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge drivers are:
- Adam D’Sylva
- Alex “Chumpy” Pullin
- Brett Emerton
- Catriona Rowntree
- Charley Boorman
- Clint Stanaway
- Dave Thornton
- Lauren Phillips
- Lydia Lassila
- Maz Compton
- Megan Washington
- Nathan Brown
- Rachael Finch
- Rob Mills
- Robbie McEwen
- Sam Mac
- Scherri-Lee Biggs
- Tim Robards
- Tommy Little
- Torah Bright
Now on sale in Australia, All-New Mazda3 adopts the stylish ‘KODO - Soul of Motion’ design language and efficient SKYACTIV Technology to deliver a car that’s expected to be a favourite with Australians.