Harlequins' rugby stars Nick Evans, Will Skinner and Chris Robshaw jumped behind the wheel of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulietta today for a high-speed challenge ahead of their landmark match in Abu Dhabi, this weekend (Sunday 30th January 2011)
The game against London rivals, Wasps, on Sunday is the first competitive UK domestic rugby fixture to be played overseas.
In between preparations for the big game, Evans, Skinner and Club Captain, Robshaw, were invited by Alfa Romeo - who are the club's Official Vehicle Supplier - to stretch their legs by grabbing the wheel of the 235 bhp range-topping Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf, at the world famous Brands Hatch motor racing circuit in Kent.
The player's were assessed across a variety of disciplines including the ability to drive to instruction, changing gear, taking the racing line, use of power and braking technique.
With the competitiveness that you would expect from professional sportsmen, the trio pushed their driving skills to the absolute limit with All Blacks' fly half, Evans, taking the winner's podium.
Evans, who currently drives an Alfa, commented: "I'm not sure Will and Chris are happy but ultimately it was no contest, the best man won! With each lap I gained more and more confidence and got faster and faster across all parts of the track. It was a great day and we thoroughly enjoyed putting the Giulietta's through their paces - they can certainly handle."
Alfa Romeo is celebrating its third season as Official Car Supplier to Harlequins Rugby Football Club.
The all-new 5-door, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which was launched in July 2010, combines impeccable safety credentials, Italian style, comfort and functionality with all the dynamic qualities and driving performance you would expect from the marque. Prices for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback start from £17,450 OTR.Published 26 January 2011