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EVENT COUNTDOWN

ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Kiwi Takes Cup Car Pole

FORMER Formula 1 hopeful Jonny Reid has taken pole position for Friday’s first Porsche Carrera Cup race at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

The young Kiwi, who has been racing in New Zealand’s Porsche series over the summer, lapped Albert Park in 1:59.0414sec to take pole position.

His time was set in frantic conditions, with two red flag stoppages resulting in a shortened session.

In fact, it was so short that the drivers were only able to do one flying lap after the second stoppage, effectively making it a shoot-out for pole.

Sink or swim for stranded Rubens

Brazilian veteran Rubens Barrichello is back for his record 16th Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park – but the Williams driver almost didn’t make it to Melbourne

by Matthew Clayton

Veteran Brazilian Rubens Barrichello is the only man on the 2011 grid to have competed in all 15 previous Australian Grands Prix at Albert Park, but getting to Melbourne for his 16th race proved to be harder than he could have ever imagined.

Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick checks into the Aussie GP

Spotted: Star of Gossip Girl packing his bags for a trip Down Under.

The famous heart throb of popular US TV series Gossip Girl, Ed Westwick will fly in to Australia this week to attend the 2011 Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

Westwick is thrilled to be attending the four day event, saying “I’ve heard so much about the Grand Prix in Melbourne and I can’t wait to be part of all the action!”

Davison Unsure of New System

V8 Supercar driver Alex Davison is concerned that the category’s unique qualifying system for this weekend’s Albert Park 400 at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix will be too confusing for the fans.

Following this evening’s qualifying session, the fastest driver will select a random number between eight and 20 out of a hat. The number chosen will determine how much of the top of the grid will be inverted before tomorrow’s Top 10 Shootout.

Stevenson sets the pace in practice for Lexus Celebrity Challenge

Radio king Ross Stevenson has set the fastest time in practice for this weekend’s Lexus Celebrity Challenge at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

Stevenson, who anchors the top-rating morning shift on Melbourne radio station 3AW, was all class in the slick conditions, finishing at the top of the timesheets ahead of NFL punter Sav Rocca and former rugby league great Luke Ricketson.

Your chance to wave the F1 chequered flag

If you'd like the thrill of waving the prestigious F1™ chequered flag on race day and help the official charity of the 2011 Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix, here's how.

The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute is inviting F1™ fans to support children to live happier, healthier lives and 'wave in F1™ history'.

Go in the draw to be the first ever fan to wave the F1™ chequered flag! Buy your ticket from volunteer staff at the track or at www.wavetheflag.com.au

Richards back in hands on role

Steven Richards is relishing his new role in Australian motor racing – not pining for his V8 Supercar career ­– as his Carrera Cup campaign kicks off at Albert Park during this weekend’s 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

The former Bathurst winner lost his full-time V8 ride at Ford Performance Racing to Will Davison for 2011, but will stay at FPR for the endurance races at Phillip Island and Bathurst later this year. And to keep sharp for the enduros, he has started his own Carrera Cup team – Laser Racing.

A pass mark, or a passing fancy?

Australia marks the first race for the new-for-2011 adjustable rear wing – and F1 insiders and fans alike are curious to know whether or not it will increase overtaking.

By Matthew Clayton

While Pirelli’s first race as sole tyre supplier at Albert Park will generate plenty of discussion, Melbourne will also host the first race for cars equipped with the new-for-2011 adjustable rear wing.

Poetry in motion?

Pirelli is back in F1 after a 19-year absence: how will the famous Italian marque adapt to the modern Grand Prix world?

By Stuart Sykes.

What’s the link between Turkey and Albert Park this weekend?

The answer is: Pirelli. To cope with the demand for Formula 1 tyres, the new sole supplier has extended its World Rally Championship production plant in Izmit, Turkey, to produce the 50,000 tyres it expects to take to this year’s 19 or 20 F1 events.

Lexus brings celebrity challenge back to the Australian Grand Prix with CT 200h

Lexus is bringing back the Celebrity Challenge race to the 2011 Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix after the event’s two-year hiatus with its soon-to-be-launched CT 200h hybrid hatchback.

The Lexus CT 200h Celebrity Challenge will feature 27 all-new Lexus CT 200h hybrids racing around Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit this March.

Significantly, the Celebrity Challenge will be the first hybrid-only race staged globally and will mark the introduction of the all-new compact luxury hybrid to the Australian luxury market.

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