Jaguar Land Rover hosts Driv­ing Chal­lenge train­ing ses­sion for the UK In­vic­tus team as they put the new Disco through its paces at East­nor Cas­tle

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Jaguar Land Rover kick-started the UK’S In­vic­tus Games prepa­ra­tions with a spe­cial full-day train­ing ses­sion and se­lec­tion event for the Games’ open­ing event. The Driv­ing Chal­lenge saw seven mem­bers of the UK team head to the Land Rover Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­tre at East­nor Cas­tle, to­gether with brand am­bas­sadors Zara Tin­dall and Lewis Moody to hone their skills on the leg­endary off-road tracks. Only two of the UK team will be com­pet­ing in the Driv­ing Chal­lenge in Toronto, so ev­ery­one was out to impress at East­nor. Split­ting into nav­i­ga­tor and driver pair­ings the UK team headed out in a fleet in Dis­cov­erys to test their com­mu­ni­ca­tion, team­work and plan­ning skills on the swampy steep and nar­row off-road route. Zara Tin­dall said: “The In­vic­tus Games is a very spe­cial event, and I’ve loved meet­ing all of the com­peti­tors. It was re­ally hard to se­lect just two peo­ple to take part in the Cana­dian event and every one of those we met has the will to win and would do a fan­tas­tic job” In the end, af­ter a close-fought day of com­pe­ti­tion, Gareth Pat­ter­son and Olaf Jones were re­vealed as the two team mem­bers to rep­re­sent the UK at the In­vic­tus Games. Gareth said: “We drove the Dis­cov­ery hard to­day, throw­ing ev­ery­thing we could at it to se­cure our place in the Driv­ing Chal­lenge and thank­fully the car per­formed bril­liantly, and we had Zara and Lewis push­ing us through­out. JLR is con­tin­u­ing its sup­port of In­vic­tus Games in its role as pre­sent­ing part­ner and proud spon­sor of the UK team for 2017.

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