UK INVICTUS TEAM DRIVE NEW DISCOVERY
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
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.