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EVENT COUNTDOWN

ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Van Gisbergen wins V8 final, Winterbottom wraps up weekend

Shane van Gisbergen ended Mark Winterbottom’s dominance of the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge, but Winterbottom was still the big winner at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix.

Stone Brothers Racing driver van Gisbergen won the final race, while fifth was enough for Winterbottom to win the weekend and pocket the $100,000 major prize, having won the three earlier races.

Baird saunters to Carrera Cup success

Craig Baird’s irresistible Carrera Cup form at the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix continued in today’s third and final race as he again showed the field a clean pair of heels.

Baird was untroubled in his 1.05-second victory over Jonny Reid, with Alex Davison third – completing the same trifecta in all three Carrera Cup races.

Although he was bested by Baird, Reid was delighted with his performance.

LeBrocq wraps up Formula Ford round

Jack LeBrocq sealed the Formula Ford round win with victory in the category’s third and final race at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix.

LeBrocq, who finished second in the 2011 championship, started the weekend with a Race 1 win and second in Race 2 at Albert Park. On Sunday, he made it a pair of wins to take out the 2012 season opener.

McMahon completes Group A&C Touring Cars rout

Nissan Skyline driver Carey McMahon has swept his way through the Group A&C Touring Car Revival races at the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

In today’s shortened six-lapper, McMahon simply began where he left off yesterday, taking maximum advantage of pole position and streaking away from the start, eventually winning by 13.58 seconds ahead of Tony Stapleton (Holden Commodore TWR).

Luke Ellery (Skyline) was third, after finishing second behind McMahon in the opener.

A new Jones to keep up with

There’s a famous name within the Formula Ford field at this weekend’s 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix.

The son of former V8 Supercar and Super Tourer racer and current V8 Supercar team owner Brad Jones, 17-year-old Macauley, is making his Australian Formula Ford Championship debut at Albert Park.

Following a prolific karting career, Jones has switched to circuit racing and Formula Ford in 2012. His first race meeting came in the Victorian State Championship at Winton last weekend and he’s enjoying the step up so far.

Mercedes duo in the hunt

It may not sound like much for a driver who has a record 68 pole positions to his name, but fourth on the grid for Sunday’s Qantas Australian Formula One Grand Prix was a significant breakthrough for seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.

While Schumacher couldn’t live with the pace of McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in the final top 10 shootout for pole, his second-row starting position was his best effort in qualifying since his comeback to the sport in 2010.

V8 teams racing and testing

This weekend’s MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix is giving teams a rare opportunity to further develop their racecars.

While the racing is as fierce as ever and there’s $500,000 in prize money on the line, teams aren’t competing for points in the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship Series. With testing limited to just four days a year, chances to try and assess development parts and different car set-ups are at a premium – but they have one this weekend.

Bulls’ charge halted

Red Bull’s Mark Webber out-qualified world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel for the first time in 10 races on Saturday afternoon at Albert Park, but the Australian was left to rue an untimely malfunction of KERS on his RB8 as he finished a distant fifth, 0.729secs slower than pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton of McLaren.

Webber completed just one lap in the third and final part of qualifying while the majority of the other front-runners had two runs, and while his lap of 1:25.651 was his best of the weekend, the KERS failure meant he was left to wonder what might have been.

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