Renault has announced that it will be a sponsor for the 2011 Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge.
In addition, Renault is sponsoring the elite professional Garmin team from France, which has a very strong chance to take out overall honours in the December 7-11 event.
The Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge, which returns after a three-year hiatus, will also showcase the introduction of the new Renault Koleos SUV, which will be used as support vehicles by the organisers throughout the lead up to and during the event.
The Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge comprises a five-day and three-day elite events for serious professional athletes who live for their competitive mountain-biking, kayaking and running. The event takes place in the midst of the Tasmanian wilderness.
A one-day Challenger Cup will be held on the last day of the five-day event for extreme sports enthusiasts who want to be part of this increasingly prestigious and challenging event. The six-hour challenge comprises mountain-biking, running and paddling.
Renault will have the elite French team Garmin competing in both the Van Diemen and Ambassadors Cups at this year’s challenge.
Webber, Australia’s most successful Formula One driver in recent times, will return to the event. Last time the race was run in 2009, Webber was hit by car while on his bike, breaking his leg.
Chris Brown, Director of Marketing at Renault Australia says he is pleased to support the Webber Challenge and assist in bringing out an elite team.
“We are delighted to have this elite team come to Australia to represent Renault in this year’s Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge,” says Brown.
“Given their experience in endurance adventure races, Renault stands a real chance to take out this year’s event and that is very much in line with our brand’s competitive spirit.”
The Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge provides an exciting experience for all competitors, from elite to beginner. The course takes competitors on a journey across nearly 350 km of Tasmania’s most stunning scenic locations. The event also raises funds for selected Australian charities.
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See below for video highlights of the 2008 Mark Webber Challenge.