Celebri­ties ready for Mazda3 Celebrity Chal­lenge

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What do a win­ter Olympian, a celebrity chef, a co­me­dian, a for­mer Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia and a Get­away pre­sen­ter have in com­mon? They have just been un­veiled as the next batch of driv­ers to take to the grid at the Mazda3 Celebrity Chal­lenge.

Ly­dia Lassila, Adam D’Sylva, Tommy Lit­tle, Scherri-Lee Biggs and Ca­tri­ona Rown­tree have been an­nounced to go head to head in the 2014 For­mula 1 Rolex Aus­tralian Grand Prix in Al­bert Park, Mel­bourne.

They will join an ar­ray of other Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional names in­clud­ing Olympic gold and sil­ver medal­list To­rah Bright, Aus­tralian cy­cling leg­end Rob­bie McEwen and model and pre­sen­ter Rachael Finch.

Ly­dia Lassila, who has just re­turned home from her fourth Olympics in Sochi with a bronze medal, said she was revved up for this lat­est chal­lenge.

‘‘I love For­mula One so it’s awe­some for me to be able to drive the Al­bert Park track and at least imag­ine be­ing a rac­ing car driver,’’ Ms Lassila said.

‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward to hav­ing the free­dom to drive as fast as I can. I’ve never been in a race with cars so I’m sure that’s go­ing to be en­ter­tain­ing.’’

Hop­ing to stop Ly­dia in her tracks will be pre­sen­ter, au­thor and Celebrity Chal­lenge maven Ca­tri­ona Rown­tree.

‘‘I’ve com­peted in the Celebrity Chal­lenge twice be­fore but I am not sure this will give me any ad­van­tage,’’ Ms Rown­tree said.

‘‘I may not be the fastest out there but I will cer­tainly talk the most and of course have a fab­u­lous time.’’

The Mazda3 Celebrity Chal­lenge will fea­ture 20 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 on March 13-16.

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, Brett Emerton, Tommy Lit­tle, Scherri-Lee Biggs, Sam Mac, Dave Thorn­ton, Rachael Finch, Adam D’Sylva, Ca­tri­ona Rown­tree and Ly­dia Lassila.

Scherri-Lee Biggs, Adam D’Sylva, Tommy Lit­tle & Ly­dia Lassila an­nounced as Mazda3 Celebrity Chal­lenge par­tic­i­pants

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