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EVENT COUNTDOWN

ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Baird strikes first blow in Carrera Cup

Battle-hardened New Zealander Craig Baird has led all the way to win the opening Carrera Cup race at the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Despite being stalked most of the journey by polesitter Jonny Reid, Baird didn’t hit the panic button once as he completed the 10-lapper with 0.6268 seconds to spare, while current championship leader Alex Davison finished in a strong third position.

Baird has now won three Carrera Cup races in a row at Albert Park, after also tasting success in the last two events of 2011.

Wishing and hoping

Call it a sign of the times.

World champion Sebastian Vettel struggled to push through a media throng for a hit and giggle on St Kilda beach; 24 hours later, the man who inspired the Red Bull driver’s assault on the Formula One record books drew a crowd in single figures.

Looking every inch the man who ruled the sport imperiously in the early 2000s, Michael Schumacher chatted to media in the Albert Park paddock on the eve of his 18th full Formula One season.

Whincup stars in V8 qualifying

Jamie Whincup will start the first race of the MSS Security V8 Supercar Challenge at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix from pole position, after a dominant performance in qualifying.

The TeamVodafone driver was in fine form on Thursday, topping the opening practice session and finishing second in Practice 2, before turning in a qualifying masterclass to end the opening day of action at Albert Park.

Will Senna Turn Williams Around?

After contesting more than 600 Grands Prix in 39 seasons, the Williams team enter their 40th year of Formula One this weekend knowing many close observers are whispering behind their backs.

Last year produced a return of five points. ‘Disaster’ became an overworked word when the Didcot-based, quintessentially English racers were mentioned.

Pay drivers, a chronic decline, their worst season in modern times in 2011 and, perhaps most of all, the withdrawal from front-line duty by team founders Frank Williams and Patrick Head have signalled the end of an era.

Michael Schumacher Lends Support to Women of Australian Motor Sport

Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher has today helped to launch a new scholarship to help advance the careers of women in motor sport.

The new scholarship offers a lucky young female racer the opportunity to undertake a comprehensive program designed to assist with career development in all aspects of being a top competitor in motor sport.

McMahon casts a spell in Group A&C Touring Cars

The slick combination of Carey McMahon and his Nissan Skyline have thrown down the gauntlet to their opposition for this weekend’s Group A&C Touring Car Revival races at the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

McMahon was peerless in this afternoon’s 20-minute qualifying session, claiming pole position with nearly three seconds to spare over second-placed David Holc (Holden Commodore Walkinshaw).

REID ON POLE AGAIN IN CARRERA CUP

Jonny Reid has again shown he’s a force to be reckoned with around the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit by setting pole position for the Carrera Cup support races at the 2012 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

Despite sitting out this morning’s wet practice session, the New Zealander proved that he was far from underdone as he muscled his Porsche 911 GT3 around the fast-paced Melbourne circuit in a best lap of 1min58.7141secs – only just shy of the current lap record.

Reid also started from No. 1 on the grid in 2011, and then went on to win the opening two races.

Hart makes fast Formula Ford start

Synergy Motorsport driver Mathew Hart has claimed pole position for the opening race of this year’s Australian Formula Ford Championship at the 2012 Formula 1 QANTAS Australian Grand Prix.

Hart, who finished as the top rookie in the 2011 championship, led a Synergy 1-2 in the session, edging out team-mate Liam Sager by just .0176 of a second. Shae Davies will start third on the grid, ahead of Garry Jacobson, Jonathon Venter and CAMS Rising Star Jack LeBrocq, who set the pace in this morning’s 30-minute practice session.

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