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2014 MPG Marathon competitors continue to fight it out for eco-driving accolade

With day 1 having proved uneventful and everyone making it to the overnight stay at the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, day 2 sees drivers head down to a coffee stop at Esseborne Manor, Andover onto lunch at Bailbrook House, Bath before refuelling in Cricklade, Swindon and back to the Four Pillars Hotel. Inbetween these points contestants are allowed to plan their own routes, putting their navigational skills to the test.

Already this morning Fleet World deputy editor Alex Grant has been the first to arrive at the coffee stop in Renault ZOE. Meanwhile one driver noted that some competitors walk to breakfast quicker than they drive along the A40 and other drivers are left pondering whether to go across the A4 across Wiltshire or risk the M4 – a dilemma exacerbated by the ever-worsening driving conditions.

And the motor racing stars are also taking their eco-driving skills seriously – with three-time British Touring Car Champion, Matt Neal, and team-mate and 2012 BTCC champion, Gordon Shedden even having folded in the wing mirrors on their Honda Civic 1.6 litre diesel Tourer to improve air flow, whilst labelling the event ‘gumball for geeks’!

As all cars are fitted with TRACKER tracking equipment so anyone can follow live progress. Simply visit http://www.tracker.co.uk/mpgmarathon, or get the latest Tweets on #MPGMarathon.

Results will be revealed on Monday 13th October.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.