Despite intense competition from his fellow South African, Devlin
Fogg, Chester qualified and will now undertake a training and preparation
programme in readiness for the rigours of the Challenge itself.
African team really put in a sterling effort and is set to be a firm
favourite for the Challenge.
The event kicks off in New York on March 30, with 16 competitors enduring four consecutive weeks, four time zones
and intense physical and mental competition.
The international selections took place at the 200 ha Eastnor
Castle estate, home to the Land Rover Driving Experience and a
world-renowned centre for off-road driving excellence.
During the programme a total of 32 prospective competitors, two from each of 16 participating countries, were
put through a series of demanding assessment sessions, including GPS and
navigation, off road driving, mountain biking, climbing/abseiling and
The purpose of the event was not only to select the final competitor for
each nation based on quantitative scoring systems, but also to train all 32
competitors in each discipline to give them all the skills and knowledge
required to complete the Challenge safely.
In the event of the selected
competitor being unable to take part, the reserve competitor will step in to
fly their national flag.
Chester Foster was overwhelmed to learn of his selection: "I am absolutely
ecstatic - it hasn't sunk in yet, but I'm getting there! I just want to
enjoy the feeling at this moment with my team mate.
"Unfortunately, one of us
had to win, and I'm happy it was me, but in the same breath it is sad that
we couldn't do it as a team because we've worked so well as a duo."
Paul Melhuish, managing director for Land Rover South Africa, commented:
"We were overwhelmed by the level of professionalism and team spirit
demonstrated by all the competitors this past week.
"Despite the fact that
they were subjected to harsh weather conditions and grueling activities,
everyone turned in a great performance and it was very difficult to make the
"We will be right behind Chester as he battles it out in the
Challenge itself against the other 15 nations"