Male and female competitors from around South Africa will participate in the National Selection event for the 2006 Land Rover G4 Challenge this month. The four-week G4 global adventure will be contested in Thailand, Laos, Brazil and Bolivia next year.

Male and female competitors from around South Africa will participate in the National Selection event for the 2006 Land Rover G4 Challenge this month. The four-week G4 global adventure will be contested in Thailand, Laos, Brazil and Bolivia next year.


The 30 candidates vying to represent their country in the G4 challenge next year will undergo tests of initiative, strategic thinking, team spirit, 4x4 driving, physical fitness and adventure skills in KwaZulu-Natal on August 18. Three applicants (including at least one female) will progress to the International Selections Event at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, England on January 29 to February 4, where each nation's leading competitor will be selected to take part in the 2006 Land Rover G4 Challenge.


The G4 Challenge will be contested by representatives from 18 nations and begins on April 23 2006. The competition is a test of strategy, stamina and skill and will include 4x4 driving mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, orienteering and abseiling activities.


Starting with an urban competition in Bangkok, Thailand, the Challenge moves to Southeast Asia's heartland in Laos. From Laos the competition continues at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro and climaxes in Bolivia, where the outcome of the G4 Challenge will be decided in the physically-demanding Andes mountains.


"Our aim is to inspire a sprit of adventure and we are thrilled to have a great field of competitors who are eager to represent South Africa," said Thomas Viehweg, the president of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa's Premier Automotive Group. "The National Selections provide the opportunity for successful applicants to take part in some of the physical and mental competitions that form the backbone of the event. For these adventure enthusiasts, this is the first stage towards the experience of a lifetime".

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