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2005-08-08 14:54

The challenge is a global adventure that will take place over a four-week period and travel through Thailand, Laos, Brazil and Bolivia.

Some 30 men and women with a thirst for adventure will meet in KwaZulu Natal to compete in the national selection event; a test of initiative, strategic thinking, team spirit, 4x4 driving, physical fitness and adventure skills.

The selections are designed to test every aspect of the competitor's character and ensure they have what it takes to compete against, and work alongside, competitors from 17 other nations over a gruelling four week schedule of adventure competition.

Just three applicants (including at least one female) will emerge from the national selections and progress to the international selections event to be held at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, UK, the "home of Land Rover" on January 29-February 4 next year.

The leading competitor per nation will then be selected to take part in the 2006 Land Rover G4 Challenge.

Starting on April 23 2006, The Land Rover G4 Challenge is a global adventure that puts strategy, stamina and skill to the test with 4x4 driving and multi sport challenges that include mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, orienteering and abseiling.

The action unfolds amid both remote areas of outstanding natural beauty and dramatic urban city-scapes.

The inaugural Land Rover G4 Challenge took place in April 2003 and journeying through remote USA, South Africa and Australia, proved itself as one of the toughest, most spectacular adventure challenges in the world.

In 2006 the challenge returns with even more adventure as the route extends into four remote, demanding and culturally diverse locations.

Starting in Thailand with an urban competition in Bangkok, the challenge will leave the city and move deep into Southeast Asia's heartland with remote action in Laos, the "Jewel of the Mekong".

From Laos the challenge sweeps across the globe to South America and the world-famous Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

After the energy and glamour of Brazil the ultimate destination is Bolivia, a rugged and beautiful land that will take the competitors upwards into the Andes and onwards through eerie salt plains of Salar de Uyuni to a challenge climax at an altitude of over 4000 m.

Thomas Viehweg, president of the Premier Automotive Group in South Africa (which includes Land Rover) says: "Our aim is to inspire a sprit of adventure and we are thrilled to have a great field of competitors all eager to represent South Africa in this truly global challenge.

"The National Selections provide the opportunity for successful applicants to sample the spirit of the challenge and 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."

The nations to be represented in the 2006 Land Rover G4 Challenge are:
- Argentina - Germany - Russia
- Australia - Greece - South Africa
- Belgium - Ireland - Spain
- Brazil - Italy - Taiwan
- Chile - Japan - Turkey
- Costa Rica - Netherlands - United Kingdom
- France


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