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Result: Sebastian Vettel 1st, Mark Webber 5th

What happened: Vettel was in a class of his own from Saturday onwards at Albert Park, and was never headed for his first win in Australia – and his fourth win in the last five races dating back to last year.

By contrast, it was a miserable home race for Webber, who couldn’t make a three-stop strategy work and finished fifth. While equalling his best result in Melbourne, the margin to his teammate was alarmingly large.

Maddo outlasts rivals in Red Bull Race Off

Freestyle motocross guru Robbie Maddison has scored a stirring ‘victory’ in the popular Red Bull Race Off at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

The invitation-only event, which also featured V8 Super driver Rick Kelly, F1 aspirant Daniel Ricciardo and former F1 star David Coulthard in identical Renault Meganes, saw Maddo just manage to hold off his rivals after a frenetic final lap.

Rocca too strong in Lexus Celebrity Challenge

Former AFL player and now NFL punter Saverio Rocca has scored a narrow victory in the opening Lexus Celebrity Challenge race.

Rocca’s strategy was akin to a seasoned professional, working himself into a nice rhythm in the early laps before eventually dislodging polesitter Corbin Harris to hit the front.

From there Rocca showed plenty of defensive flair, eventually recording a 0.2518-second victory over Harris, with a late burst by Luke Ricketson getting him up into third at the end of the five-lapper.

Barbed Response

Narain Karthikeyan may have spent all day Friday standing in a fruitless and frustrating wait for his Formula One racing car to be built, but he retained his dry sense of humour.

As a team of mechanics from his hard-worked Hispania team toiled to build up a machine for him to use, India's first Grand Prix driver turned his mind elsewhere.

"At least we smashed the Aussies," he said, his first words of greeting shortly before second free practice on Friday afternoon. "We didn't give them a chance."

Baird in control of cup car

by Andrew van Leeuwen

Craig Baird is in the box seat to win the first round of the re-born Porsche Carrera Cup, after winning race two at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

Having finished second to fellow-Kiwi Jonny Reid yesterday, Baird bolted from the front row of the grid and was never troubled throughout the eight laps.

His winning margin was 9.6sec, and he now holds a 24-point lead heading into tomorrow’s final.

Perez impresses on debut day

Sergio Perez came, took a first look and then shone like a star of the future on Friday when he drove to the eighth-fastest time in free practice for Sunday's Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

The Mexican, who only turned 21 in January, is the youngest of the four Formula One rookies making their debuts at Albert Park this weekend, but behaved with measured maturity in and out of his Sauber car.

The start of something big?

Daniel Ricciardo was happy but exhausted after his maiden outing at an Australian Grand Prix weekend – and the young Aussie can’t wait for his next chance

by Matthew Clayton

Late on a windy and cold evening at Albert Park, Daniel Ricciardo was emotionally spent – but still sporting his trademark wide grin.

Friday had been a whirlwind day.

The keys to the 2011 door

Tim Collings lists the crucial factors that will influence the outcome of the first race of the new World Championship season.

Qualifying - Red Bull set the pace last season with 15 poles from 19 races, Vettel taking ten and Webber five. Alonso had two and Hamilton one. In head-to-head last season between team-mates Vettel outpaced Webber 12-7, but made hard work of turning pole starts into wins.

Dywer trumps field in F5000 opener

UK driver Mark Dwyer has scored a runaway victory in race one of the F5000 open-wheeler class at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

Dwyer’s second F5000 victory at Albert Park – his first was in 2009 – saw the polesitter cross the chequered flag in his Lola T332 over 20 seconds in front of Australian Aaron Lewis (Matich A50), with New Zealander David Abbott (Lola T430) claiming the last step on the podium.

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