Soccer star snatches pole for race series, Mark Fattore reports.
Former international football supremo Brett Emerton is the driver to beat in the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.
The 35-year-old locked in pole position during Friday afternoon’s quick-fire 15-minute qualifying session, with ace cyclist Robbie McEwen the only other driver within cooee of the soccer star.
The pair both set times in the 2:42 bracket – Emerton at the upper end and McEwen at the lower end – and will lead away the field in the two five-lap races.
Behind the Aussies comes UK adventurer Charley Boorman, followed by entertainer Rob Mills, television star Tim Robards and winter Olympian Lydia Lassila.
Comedian Tommy Little and Sochi medallist Torah Bright are seventh and eighth, while former AFL star Nathan Brown will be all on his lonesome on the 10th row of the grid – the 19th Mazda 3 – after failing to log a qualifying time.
Race one will be held at 11:55am on Saturday.