Conrad Pezula, Knysna, 24 November 2017. 

Now in its second installment, the challenge consists of four public participants (obtained through Media24, Ramsay Media, Red Bull Media and Tiso Blackstar) teaming up with four celebrities (or heroes in “challenge” speak) to compete in pairs alongside their trusty Toyota Fortuner steeds in a range of tasks.

This year’s challenge turned up the heat on the tasks – requiring a greater level of teamwork, testing the contestants’ physical and mental capabilities and putting their nerve to the test. 

A gloomy Knysna provided the perfect backdrop as the contenders had to participate in a variety of tasks, which included golf, Garmin orienteering, the Pezula flamemaster braai challenge, Fortuner car shuffle, kayaking, trail running and obstacle course challenges. 

The old railway bridge across the Knysna lagoon was the location of what was arguably the most thrilling task – the Salomon trail run and obstacle course – where hero and contestant had to work closely together to complete the obstacle course in the minimum amount of time. This event included a trail run, paddling, a suspended-tyre swing, rope climb and the infamous rope net. 

The final challenge on day two was the gruelling Specialized mountain-bike task: Contestants had to navigate through the Knysna Forest on state-of-the-art Specialized mountain bikes, accompanied by their hero-partner at the wheel of a Toyota Fortuner. 

At the end of the nerve-wracking challenges, contestants and heroes got the chance to relax and reflect during the awards dinner, while eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winner. 

The Fortuner 4x4 Challenge champion for 2017 is Byron Coetsee, who had entered via Getaway magazine and was teamed up with racing legend Giniel de Villiers. Byron’s strong performances as well as his calm and level-headed demeanor throughout the competition earned him the top spot and the keys to a brand-new Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 4x4 6AT.

Toyota South Africa Motors would like to thank the following sponsors and partners who contributed to another hugely successful Fortuner 4x4 Challenge campaign:

Media Partners
• Media24
• Ramsay Media
• Red Bull Media
• Tiso Blackstar 

Sponsors
• Garmin
• Specialized
• Salomon
• Conrad Pezula

Heroes
• Bianca Haw
• Giniel de Villiers
• Hanneke Dannhauser
• Oupa Mohojé