Champion Kiwi BMX rider Sarah Walker emerged victorious from a Gran Turismo 5 charity event last night, winning $2000 and a PlayStation 3 Gran Turismo 5 entertainment package for her chosen charity, the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust.
The competition consisted of a series of head-to-head race heats between such competitors as Che Fu, Marc Ellis, Lana Coc-Kroft, Huffer director Steven Dunstan, C4 presenter Shannon Ryan and more.
‘It was a really tough competition against some pretty fierce rivals – some of the best in the business. I wanted to win badly, and knew it would be a big ask, but getting together with everyone and participating for charity is always a fun time. I’m really happy that this win will provide the CatWalk Trust with a donation just before Christmas,’ says Walker.
Walker outperformed the likes of Kiwi motorsport legend Greg Murphy and even New Zealand's Gran Turismo Academy representative Tony Autridge to make the grand final against TV3 motorsports presenter Shaun Summerfield. Much like her race against Autridge, Walker maintained a decent lead throughout the race to claim an authoritative victory.
‘Gran Turismo 5 is all about head to head racing and we certainly had some fierce competition. The team at PlayStation share Sarah’s excitement in winning the GT5 Charity Cup and we are glad we can support the CatWalk Trust with her donation, ’ says David Hine, director of sales and marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand.
Check out this short clip for a look at the final seconds of the grand final.