Brad Hodge takes out first Grand Prix Celebrity race
Brad Hodge has taken first blood in the Mazda6 Celebrity Race at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, the Victorian cricketer taking a lights to flag victory in a somewhat uneventful opening race.
Hodge’s victory was almost 11 seconds over actor Jonathon LaPaglia with Jared Daperis coming home in third.
Melbourne Celebrity Chef Shane Delia was fourth in front of Sunrise sports presenter, Mark Beretta. Beretta was in the thick of the action, elbowing his way past Delia into turn one on the fourth lap, before half losing his diesel powered Mazda6 over on Lakeside Drive.
He ended up having a spirited battle with Anna Meares on the final lap – the Gold medal winning cyclist was the best of the female competitors in sixth.
It all came unstuck early for one of yesterday’s pace-setters, Sir Christopher Hoy. The British six times Gold Medal winning cyclist was channelling his documentary subject – Colin McRae with the amount of time he spent in the gravel.
He connected with Beretta on turn three on the opening lap, then got through to lap three when he took a huge dive up the inside of LaPaglia and ended up in the gravel trap.
Another to come unstuck was popstar Vanessa Amorosi, who lost it at turn 14 on the opening lap.
Paralympian, Matthew Cowdrey had his own moment late in the race but was highly competitive finishing inside the top 10.
Celebrity Challenge Race 1
|1||Brad Hodge||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:48.7754*|
|2||Jonathon LaPaglia||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:49.8806|
|3||Jared Daperis||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:49.3530|
|4||Shane Delia||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:49.9789|
|5||Mark Beretta||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:50.7275|
|6||Anna Meares||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:50.7986|
|7||Scott McGregor||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:50.8316|
|8||Matthew Cowdrey||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:51.6679|
|9||Lehmo||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:54.1430|
|10||Chris Tarrant||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:53.2880|
|11||Kate Peck||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:53.6000|
|12||Em Rusciano||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:54.5214|
|13||Holly Candy||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:58.6314|
|14||Hamish MacDonald||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:57.9729|
|15||Wayne Cooper||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:57.4731|
|16||Renae Ayris||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:58.6732|
|17||Jessica Gomes||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:58.1202|
|18||Magdalena Roze||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:59.0917|
|19||Sarah De Bono||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||3:02.9936|
|20||Sir Chris Hoy||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel||2:49.9035|
|DNF||Vanessa Amorosi||Mazda6 Atenza Diesel|