Team Golf wins BMW ultimate driving challenge

Team Golf wins BMW ultimate driving challenge

150310_BMW-WEB_Team-Rugby,-Cricket-and-GoxxA number of sporting celebrities competing in the BMW New Zealand Open participated in a different sort of challenge – driving a fleet of BMW models as part of a series of skill tests at Highlands Motorsport Park.

The rugby, cricket and golf representatives, were put through their paces by BMW Driving Experience instructor, Mike Eady.

The competitors included, golfers Mike Hendry and Steve Williams, former All Blacks Andrew Mehrtens and Justin Marshall, cricketer Mark Richardson plus dual rugby and cricket international, Jeff Wilson.

“As expected, there was a huge amount of competitive rivalry amongst such a group ,” says BMW Driving Experience Instructor, Mike Eady.

“It was a closely fought battle between the codes and all players excelled in a variety of different experiences.

“There were a couple of guys who were able to adapt to the conditions better than others and managed to set some impressive times. As far as I’m concerned, the best sports team won on the day.”

Each of the three teams had to put forward one person to complete each of the challenges, consisting of a gymkhana, acceleration test and an ‘ice slalom’ test on a skid pan.

Points were awarded for fastest runs, whilst clean runs didn’t attract any time penalties. A team challenge, worth double points, rounded out the on-track activities.

Team Golf claimed the inaugural BMW driving experience Ultimate Driving Machine challenge, with team members including Michael Hendry (NZ), Steve Williams (NZ), and Brad Kennedy (Aust).

“I would have loved for team rugby to win, but it’s only fitting the golf team claimed the title in the week of the BMW New Zealand Open,” says Jeff Wilson.

“I still have my fingers crossed that one of my team members, or any player in the field for that matter, manages to ace the 16th hole at The Hills and wins themselves a brand new BMW i8.

The competing teams were as follows:

  • Team Cricket: Mark Richardson (NZ), Graeme Swann (UK), Nathan Astle (NZ)
  • Team Golf: Steve Williams (NZ), Michael Hendry (NZ), Brad Kennedy (Aust)
  • Team Rugby: Andrew Mehrtens, Justin Marshall, Jeff Wilson (All NZ)
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