Fantastic Friday on the cards in Melbourne

The action hots up on Friday at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019 as the world’s best drivers take to the iconic Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit for the first time this year.

After a long off-season, Formula 1® finally returns with Free Practice 1 and 2 opening a new season.

Daniel Ricciardo will step out in front of the Melbourne faithful in his new Renault colours while George Russell, Lando Norris and Alexander Albon make their highly anticipated F1® debuts.

The opening Free Practice sessions also see Williams driver Robert Kubica return to the F1® circle after eight seasons away from the sport following a horrific rally crash that almost cost him his life.

Fans will also eagerly await the first instalment of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel’s likely title fight as they prepare for Sunday’s main race.

Shell V-Power Racing’s Scott McLaughlin headlines the grid for Friday’s Beaurepaires Supercars Melbourne 400 race after claiming his second successive pole position on Thursday afternoon.

The reigning champion has his teammate Fabian Coulthard for company, setting up an all-Ford Mustang front row. 

Last year’s inaugural Larry Perkins Trophy recipient, Jamie Whincup, starts the race from the fourth row of the grid in seventh.

Also on Friday, the rising stars of the Australian Formula 4 Championship open their 2019 season when race one gets underway. 

AGI Sport duo Luis Leeds and Jayden Ojeda, both making one-off appearances, will start from the front row, ahead of an all-Team BRM second row, featuring Ryan Suhle and Lochie Hughes.

Qualifying for the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli - Asia Pacific takes place as Philippe Prette looks to take pole position after a promising day on Thursday, in which he topped two of the three practice sessions.

Female drivers Rochelle Gilmore of Australia and Thailand’s Kanthicha Chimsiri will also make their racing debuts around the 5.3-kilometre circuit.

The BP Ultimate Australian GT battle is set to resume between Fraser Ross and Kenny Habul when they share the front row for the start of race two on Friday. 

The duo crashed into each other during Thursday’s opening race, igniting what could be a fierce rivalry heading into the remainder of the weekend.

And Dale Wood will be looking to continue his race-winning form when he starts from pole position on Friday for race two of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.

Dylan O’Keeffe will join him on the front row in the Porsche Centre Brighton entry.

Limited tickets are still available for the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019. The event runs from 14-17 March at Melbourne’s iconic Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit. 

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