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Rachael Finch and Brett Emerton lock horns ahead of the 2014 Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge

It will be beauty versus brawn at the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge when former Miss Universe Australia, Rachael Finch lines up against recently retired Socceroo and English Premier League veteran, Brett Emerton at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

The popular Sydney identities were announced today to join the star-studded line-up that includes snowboarder Torah Bright and comedian Dave Thornton, to race the stunning all-new Mazda3, around the iconic Albert Park circuit.

New mother Finch, who withdrew from the 2013 Celebrity Challenge race when she fell pregnant with daughter Violet, spoke of her excitement of being given a second chance to participate.

“I am super excited to be involved in the race this year, it makes it even more special that my husband and daughter will be cheering me on from the grandstand,” Rachael said.

“I’ve heard so much about the Celebrity Challenge from previous contestants and I can’t wait for this new experience.”

Emerton, who spent almost a decade playing in the EPL, said the competitive edge which kept him in professional soccer for so many years would give him an advantage over his fellow celebrity drivers.

“It’s not very often that opportunities like this come along,” Emerton said.

“I’ve had so many incredible experiences through football including being able to represent my country in the World Cup twice. The Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge is another one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences and I can’t wait to get out on the track and hopefully finish on the podium.”

The Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge will feature 18 vehicles and will bring together celebrities from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines to compete at Melbourne’s spectacular Albert Park street circuit during the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Confirmed drivers for the 2014 Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge include:

  • Lauren Phillips
  • Rob Mills
  • Charley Boorman
  • Tim Robards
  • Torah Bright
  • Robbie McEwen
  • Megan Washington
  • Clint Stanaway
  • Nathan Brown
  • Dave Thornton
  • Rachael Finch
  • Brett Emerton

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.

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