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by David Zalstein

The Mazda 6 Celebrity Challenge racers are being prepped and readied for their ensuing battle as part of this weekend’s 2013 Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

The 21 Mazda 6 Celebrity Challenge celebrities, including a former Australian cricketer, two Olympians, a Paralympian, a celebrity chef, entertainers and TV personalities, a fashion designer and a swimsuit model, are being shown the ins and outs of racing through an intensive three-day driver training program run by Australian motorsport legend Mark Skaife at Sandown Racecourse this week, ahead of the weekend’s main competition.

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With all the celebrities behind the wheel of the new 129kW/420Nm Mazda 6 diesel, the race also marks the first time that a field of oil-burners have taken to the grid for a celebrity race.

While the Mazda 6 diesel’s combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.5 litres per 100km (manual transmission) is helpful over long distances, the celebrities will more likely be focusing on the front-wheel-drive sedan’s 7.8 second 0-100km/h acceleration time and 223km/h top speed.

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The Mazda 6 Celebrity Challenge, and the main event, will take place around the Albert Park street circuit from March 14 – 17.

Mazda 6 Celebrity Challenge Entry List:

  • Sir Chris Hoy MBE
  • Matthew Cowdrey OAM
  • Anna Meares OAM
  • Em Rusciano
  • Mark Beretta
  • Shane Delia
  • Chris Tarrant
  • Magdelena Roze
  • Jessica Gomes
  • Wayne Cooper
  • Kate Peck
  • Brad Hodge
  • Renae Ayris
  • Vanessa Amorosi
  • Hamish MacDonald
  • Scott McGregor
  • Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann
  • Sarah De Bono
  • Jared Daperis
  • Jonathan LaPaglia
  • Holly Candy



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