This year’s Donaldson Cross Country Championship will feature the Imperial Auto Celebrity Challenge in Harrismith on 27 March. TV personality Marius Roberts will be one of the participants.
Celebrities from the sports and entertainment worlds will have the opportunity to experience at first hand the excitement of national cross country racing.
The Celebrity Challenge was first run midway during the 2012 season with cricket legend ‘Vinnige’ Fanie de Villiers joining former South African champion Archie Rutherford in the Imperial Auto Nissan Navara.
Since then a string of celebrities that include Springbok rugby stars John Smit, Stefan Terblanche and AJ Venter, cricket legend Jonty Rhodes, comedians Barry Hilton and Michael Naicker, entertainer Heinz Winckler, TV personality Jeannie D and actress and AIDS ambassador Hlubi Mboya participated in the challenge.
According to Terence Marsh, marketing executive for SANORA, the Celebrity Challenge has over the last three years developed into the single most valuable property within the Donaldson Cross Country Championship. The challenge will continue to develop this season, with an exciting array of celebrities in the pipeline for the remainder of the season.
Marsh, a former South African champion, last season took over driving duties in the Imperial Auto Celebrity Challenge from Archie Rutherford. Marsh is also team principal of the Regent Racing squad, under whose banner the Imperial Nissan Navaras compete in Class T and S in the Production car category in the Donaldson championship.
Roberts, a self-confessed ‘petrol head’ sat alongside Marsh on the RFS 450 at the start of last season. The pair, however, failed to see out the distance.