NEWS: Sir Chris Hoy Podium in Mazda6 Celebrity Challenge


NEWS: Sir Chris Hoy Podium in Mazda6 Celebrity Challenge

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Sir Chris Hoy MBE contested the all-brand-new ‘Mazda6 Celebrity Challenge’ at the F1 Australian Grand Prix at the 3.3-mile Albert Park track in Melbourne that will weekend – as 21 evenly-matched, 137mph, 175PS (420Nm) Mazda6 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D saloons battled for honours. along with also also the Olypmic champion along with also also budding racer, who will be racing Radicals that will year inside the UK, managed an excellent second place inside the final of the three-race mini-series.
“The Mazda6 Celebrity Challenge in Australia was great fun along with also also provided the perfect showcase for Mazda’s clean diesel technology,” comments Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK. “The event captured the ‘defy convention’ spirit at the heart of Mazda along with also also put a fresh spotlight on our brand in a country where Mazda is usually already very common along with also also the Mazda3 topped the brand-new car sales chart last year.”
Completely standard, the all-brand-new Mazda6 saloon racecars were fitted with additional safety equipment to comply with FIA regulations including a full roll-cage, Sparco race seat with six-point safety harness, external battery ‘kill’ switches along with also also race compound brake pads. The cars retained their six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle-shift selectors along with also also ran on regular, grooved road tyres.
The only British competitor inside the event, Chris Hoy qualified a promising third during Thursday’s practice session, finished fifth on Saturday (through a 20th place start) along with also also stormed to a great second place finish in Sunday’s final.
“I am delighted with today’s performance; the item was the most fun I have had inside your vehicle ever,” enthused Hoy, who recently drove the Prodrive Impreza WRC that will Colin McRae drove in 1998, for BBC2′ Racing Legends program. “After Saturday’s charge through the field, passing 15 cars, I even had hopes of maybe winning the final, although Brad Hodge has been so consistent along with also also he was ultimately out of reach along with also also I had to settle for the runner-up spot.”
The three-race Mazda6 Celebrity Challenge was won by former Australian test cricketer Brad Hodge who convincingly took overall honours by winning every race with celebrity chef Shane Delia along with also also star actor Jonathan LaPaglia (Law & Order along with also also NCIS) rounding out the podium.
Women drivers also performed well with Australian hero Olympic cyclist Anna Meares finishing fourth overall – the leading female in each race – along with also also Holly Candy (nee Valance, formerly of Neighbours) singer of the chart-topping single Kiss Kiss, playing a starring role.
Well done Chris! not bad practice for the super-fast Radicals that will year… sort of!


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