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LR G4 Challenge: Second day for the international competitors.



Language differences surfaced in the heat of training and competition on Tuesday, as 54 highly motivated individuals from 18 diverse countries fought for a final place during the Land Rover G4 Challenge International Selections.

The second day of the event saw competitors honing their off-road skills by driving a Land Rover Discovery 3 and Range Rover Sport through the woods of Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire. Linguistic difficulties arose as instructors explained safe, skilful driving on tracks that Competitions Director Simon Day claims are ‘as hard as anywhere in the world.’

With some of the Taiwanese team initially taking time to compute English instructions, including, ‘stop’ and ‘junction’, and confusing ‘lights’ with ‘low gear’, it proved a slow start to the exercise. After three hours training, the team of Vicky Huang, Joh-Ren Chen and Victor Huang, had grown in confidence, controlling the vehicles on muddy forest trails that resemble those they may encounter during the Challenge, in South East Asia during the rainy season.

National differences also surfaced in the use of hand signals to direct the vehicles’ drivers. Spanish outdoor instructor Eric Vila signalled steering changes to driver Monica Aguilera, a sports video producer, by raising his thumbs and flicking them in the required direction - a change from the normal hand signals.

"I’m sure that means everything’s OK," said instructor Mike Chambers. "But it doesn’t matter as long as you both understand. He stressed the important thing is to do nothing if you can’t read another competitor’s signal - you’ll then communicate in another way."

For Erik Vila it was the second disorientating experience in 24 hours. On the previous night’s navigation exercise competitors were required to locate 40 lights flashing on a dark hillside like a surreal airport runway, without maps or GPS. "After four lights you had no idea where you were. It wasn’t easy."

Some of Britain’s leading professional rugby players were on tuesday given a seriously tough taste of the challenges facing competitors at the Land Rover G4 Challenge International Selections - and declared they would like to enter a future event.

Physical incompatibility aside, the players showed the same sky high motivation as this week’s Challenge competitors. The woods echoed with expletives and encouragement with Sean Cox urging his Sharks team mate, Adam Newton to ‘Go on Dog, do it for Sale.’ So the players, who both said they’d love to try the event when their rugby days are over, might have struggled for being strapping sportsmen, but scored top marks for teamwork.

2006/02/01 I 13:35 CET I Editor: marathonrally.com/hs






















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