Mazda6 to revive F1 celebrity challenge

Matthew Cowdrey and Anna Meares with the Mazda6

Those who marvel at the periphery of Grand Prix week will have lamented the loss of the Celebrity Challenge around Albert Park this year. So we can only imagine their delight at today’s announcement telling the world the celebrity race is back!

So far the choice of celebs centres around over-achieving athletes, with olympic cyclist Anna Meares and paralympian Matthew Cowdrey confirmed. They will be joined by Britain’s own olympic cycling legend, Sir Chris Hoy.

Their weapon of choice? A diesel-powered Mazda6. We imagine panel beaters around Melbourne will be pleased for the practice they will be given on repairing the new Mazda sedan.

Speaking at today’s press conference Meares said: “I’ve always dreamt of being involved in car racing. Much like cycling, it is such a technical and mentally draining sport and I have the greatest respect for Formula 1 drivers.

“It’s also not very often that I get a chance to race against Sir Chris for bragging rights.”

[Source: Australian Grand Prix]