NEWS - Broulee sails away in new Audi Q5

NEWS - Broulee sails away with new Audi Q5

Sydney-based Brett and Karen Pearce have been crowned overall champions of the 2009 Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta, and won a brand new Audi Q5 compact SUV as their major prize.

The Regatta, held on Sydney Harbour on 7 and 8 March 2009, produced a record number of entries this year, with 308 boats competing in 20 divisions.

The Pearce’s Beneteau 305, Broulee (CYCA) competed in the PHS Division 3, and as the winners of their category, two crew members from the yacht then took part in the ‘Audi Final Challenge’ event held at Oran Park on Monday, March 9.

Audi’s Motorsport Ambassador and two-times former Super Touring Car Champion, Brad Jones, put two crew members from the 24 category winners through their paces in Audi’s sporty S5 tiptronic V8 quattro coupe.

Every boat had two chances to win, and had to demonstrate their prowess and accuracy on the tight slalom course. The most-consistent driver overall was then announced the winner of the Audi Final Challenge and the new Audi Q5 SUV.

Broulee’s winning driver was crew member Troy Fortune, who returned a fast and accurate time with just 0.02 seconds separating both of his slalom runs.

Audi’s brand new Q5 compact SUV made its Australian premiere only
a week
earlier at the Melbourne International Motor Show and is now just starting to arrive in dealerships around the country.

Audi’s managing director, Joerg Hofmann, handed over the keys to the new Audi Q5 at a prize-giving on Monday night (March 9) held at the Regatta’s organising club, the Middle Harbour Yacht Club.

Brett and Karen Pearce also won two tickets on Audi’s Trans-Continental Crossing event in September 2007, after their name was drawn out in a lottery held at the Audi Winter Series (CYCA) prize-giving in 2007.

The Pearces, who actually celebrated their first wedding anniversary in the outback on the Trans-Continental Crossing, are now proud owners of a new Q5 SUV.

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By Audi Sailing Sport media

PHOTO: Audi's Joerg Hofmann (centre) presents the Q5 to Brett and Karen Pearce.