Former Australian top-order test batsman Brad Hodge is one race away from clean-sweeping the Mazda6 Celebrity Challenge after yet another emphatic victory at the 2013 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix today.
Hodge led the entire race, finishing ahead of Underbelly actor Jonathan LaPaglia and chef Shane Delia who had an exciting battle for second and third.
“It felt good leading the pack from start to finish. I managed to stay out of the way of the carnage which was good, although I probably missed the fun and need to be involved in the pack a bit more,” Hodge said.
“Being in front means you can dictate the race from there and control what you do.”
Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy overcame his second-last place finish yesterday, jumping an impressive 15 places to finish fifth. Before the first corner Hoy had already passed four cars and made his way through the field with relative ease and electrifying driving over the remaining four laps.
Dominating the women’s field yet again, Australia’s Olympic golden girl Anna Meares managed to place fourth and is well set for a podium finish in the final race on Sunday.
“I was so stoked with that race, I was fighting hard with Jared there for a while, but I wasn't backing down and had my foot flat,” said Meares.
“I’m so happy to be in the four, and am hoping to get the inside run tomorrow so I can take a few of these boys out.”
MTV VJ and model Kate Peck also continued her good form from yesterday finishing 10th in front of Jessica Gomes.
From the field of 21, four drivers failed to finish after taking some heavy knocks during the race.
Scott McGregor had his front and rear bumpers hanging off after only two laps before running off into the sand soon after.
Actor Jared Daperis, Network Ten late news presenter Hamish Macdonald and fashion designer Wayne Cooper followed suit in what was an action-packed five lap race.
Race 2 Results
1 Brad Hodge
2 Jonathan LaPaglia
3 Shane Delia
4 Anna Meares
5 Sir Chris Hoy
6 Mark Beretta
7 Matthew Cowdrey
8 Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann
9 Chris Tarrant
10 Kate Peck
11 Jessica Gomes
13 Vanessa Amorosi
14 Holly Candy
15 Magdalena Roze
16 Renae Ayris
17 Sarah De Bono
DNF Hamish Macdonald
DNF Wayne Cooper
DNF Scott McGregor
DNF Jared Daperis
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