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Heidfeld to tackle golfing and sailing challenge 26 Apr 2007

Nick Heidfeld (GER) Sauber plays golf.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Austrian Grand Prix, Preparations, A1-Ring, Austria, 15 May 2003

BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld will try his luck at sailing, golf and racing in a unique triathlon-style event. Heidfeld will be pitted against BMW-sponsored sailor Tony Kolb and golf professional Jose Manuel Lara during the competition, which will take place in Valencia on May 9, ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

“It will be an exciting day,” explained Heidfeld. “For me it's not so much about discovering the differences between motor sport, sailing and golf. What I'm looking forward to is seeing the parallels between the sports come into focus. In Formula One it's all about precision, concentration and meticulous preparation for the drivers. And I'm sure it's no different for professional sailors and golfing pros.”

The first port of call for all three competitors will be El Bosque golf club, situated on the outskirts of Valencia. Heidfeld, Kolb and local-born Lara will each play a series of holes, before moving on to their next challenge at the Spanish city's Formula BMW racing centre.

Once kitted out in racing overalls, the trio will take to the wheel of Formula BMW machines. Rather than fastest lap times, all three will be judged on their ability to find the correct racing line and their overall technique. Although Heidfeld will hold the advantage during this particular challenge, Lara and Kolb will be equally keen to impress the instructors with their racing skills.

Finally, the competitors will take to the water aboard historical America's Cup 12-metre yachts. Kolb, who is currently mid-bowman for the BMW Oracle Racing crew, will no doubt be in his element, but whether it's golfer Lara or racing driver Heidfeld who has the most sturdy sea legs remains to be seen.