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Minson takes to Formula One starting grid

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has announced today Western Bulldogs star Will Minson is set to join the team for the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix as AFL Ambassador.

The Australian Grand Prix and the AFL are two of Melbourne’s most significant sporting institutions; this ambassadorial role is a celebration of their place on the Australian sporting landscape.

Minson is a devoted motorsport fan; he has a keen interest in Formula One which was fostered from an early age with the 28-year-old attending the Australian Grand Prix event more than 15 times with his family.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, said Minson was an obvious choice as he’s a dedicated attendee of the event, as well as being very articulate and passionate about Melbourne.

“He plays saxophone, studies civil engineering, speaks fluent German and has an incredibly successful AFL career – to top it off he also has an impressive knowledge of Formula One – what a great addition to the team!” Westacott said.

Minson is excited to be involved in next month’s event at Albert Park and getting a ‘behind-the-scenes’ insight into the world of Formula One.

“I’m fascinated by the sport, the science behind the cars and I have a huge respect for the incredible athleticism of the drivers. But the event is so much more than that – it is also about food, culture and music – I can’t wait to get amongst everything it has to offer,” Minson said.

“Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved Formula One. Growing up in Adelaide I went to the race every year, and fortunately for me, when I was drafted by the Western Bulldogs the Grand Prix had moved to Melbourne allowing me to keep the tradition alive.”

Since Minson was picked up by the Western Bulldogs in 2002, he has played 158 games and kicked 73 goals. Last year saw his best season to date, being named All-Australian ruckman and finishing third in the club’s Best and Fairest, as well as topping the competition in hit outs with a huge 860 – an achievement second only to the all-time record set by Gary Dempsey in 1982.

Sunday General Admission tickets to the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix purchased before 1 March are available at an early bird rate of $79.

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