Fortuner challenge tests physical and mental strength of competitors

Four professional sports heroes paired with four sport enthusiasts were put through their paces at the Toyota Fortuner 4×4 Challenge which took place in Knysna.

001-off-my-wheelsBrian Joss – The four enthusiasts competed against each other in various activities, which tested both their physical and mental strength, and ultimately, Danie Leonard, a school teacher from George, drove away in a new Fortuner worth  than R 400 000.

“The Fortuner 4×4 Challenge was designed to not only test each contestant physically but mentally as well. As such, we put together a mix of tasks that would test these skills and showcase the Fortuner’s capability as well. The tasks had varying levels of difficulty which proved to be an interesting two days of challenges. I would like to congratulate Danie and his partner Andrew Mclean on an impressive performance,” says Kerry Roodt, general manager of marketing communication at Toyota South Africa Motors.

Mountain mayhem: testing time. Picture: Motorpress
Mountain mayhem: testing time. Picture: Motorpress

The Fortuner 4×4 Challenge included seven activities such as the Garmin Rush, Conrad Pezula Flame Masters, Toyota Speed Shot, Supersport Fortuner Shuffle, Salomon Up and down Trail run, Thule Paddle and Load, and Specialised Mountain Mayhem.

The event took place at the Conrad Pezula resort in Knysna, , which provided the perfect backdrop for the challenge.

Each contestant was paired with a professional athlete to complete the tasks. The athletes who competed in the challenge include former Dakar champion and Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa driver, Giniel de Villers; Toyota Cyclelab director and multiple Cape Epic winner, Andrew Mclean; Currie Cup winning rugby player and member of the Blitzbokke, Ryno Benjamin of the Toyota Cheetahs; and Currie Cup wining centre and Under-20 Rugby world cup winner, Raymond Rhule also from the Toyota Cheetahs.

Joining Danie were Kristian Fesel, (paired with Ryno Benjamin) an endurance athlete who has completed many IronMan races; Harold Durnez, (paired with Giniel De Villiers) an athlete from Cape Town and; Stephen Vallaro, (paired with Raymond Rhule) a production planner and golf enthusiast from Kempton Park.

South Africans stood a chance of winning a new Fortuner by backing their hero. Salmaan Essack was the lucky entrant.

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