Glorious sunshine swept over Albert Park as an estimated 63,800 fans flooded in for Community Day at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix to show their support for The Royal Children’s Hospital - Good Friday Appeal.
Community Day saw many fans take advantage of the free entry offered and in return they dug deep to make donations to the volunteers who were raising money for the Good Friday Appeal which is the Official Charity of the event.
Whilst the Formula One cars were hidden away in their garages, the drivers took to the Autograph Stage to meet their fans with Daniel Ricciardo proving to be a huge hit amongst the locals and internationals.
The on-track action was led by the V8 Supercars, Porsche Carrera Cup and the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge. Off-track, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk made his opening appearance at the Australian Grand Prix, bringing his ‘Tony Hawk and Friends Vert Jam’ sessions to the Action Zone at the centre of the circuit.
The Sounds on the Circuit live stage was rocking with bands Vaudeville Smash, Lurch and the Chief, Where’s Joss?, Ian Bank and My Lasting Reply all belting out tunes for fans.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, was delighted to celebrate the opening day of the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix and to support the Good Friday Appeal at the same time.
“The Good Friday Appeal is a fantastic charity and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation is thrilled to be able to help raise much needed funds for The Royal Children’s Hospital at Community Day. It was great to see our fans dig deep and we look forward to announcing how much money was donated in the coming weeks,” Westacott said.
“With new engines, new rules and a new sound for Formula One on the track, our fans are set for an amazing weekend of racing.”