Former Socceroo Brett Emerton has scored victory in the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge at Albert Park.
Emerton was the clear victor from the beginning when race rival, Australian Cycling Legend Robbie McEwen, stalled his Mazda3 when the lights went green sending him straight to the back of the pack.
Emerton said that the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge had been one of the best weeks of his life, and winning was just the icing on the cake.
“This whole week has been a fantastic experience; it really took me out of my comfort zone which you don’t normally do on a day-to-day basis,” Emerton said.
“I’ve love cars and I love the speed, so being unrestricted on a race track is a dream come true for me. The people who are here, including the celebrities and those at Mazda, are top people and made it an even better week than what it would have been just driving the cars.”
A surprise second place winner was Grease the Musical Star, Rob Mills, who emerged as the dark horse after being the first to end up in the gravel during driver training at Sandown Raceway earlier in the week.
Winter Olympic Gold Medallist, Torah Bright, was on target to finish third but was slammed from behind by The Bachelor’s Tim Robards. Then when re-joining Bright tagged motorcycle adventurer Charley Boorman who had a huge ‘tank slapping’ moment and ended up backwards in the fence.
Bright finished sixth, but was not the first female racer home with Channel Nine personality Catriona Rowntree showing excellent skills at the wheel to finish fourth.
RESULTS: Race 2 – Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge
|1||17||Brett Emerton (AUS)|
|2||6||Rob Mills (AUS)|
|3||5||Tim Robards (AUS)|
|4||16||Catriona Rowntree (AUS)|
|5||8||Adam D’Sylva (AUS)|
|6||19||Torah Bright (AUS)|
|7||14||Maz Compton (AUS)|
|8||9||Clint Stanaway (AUS)|
|9||10||Sam Mac (AUS)|
|10||4||Lydia Lassila (AUS)|
|11||11||Lauren Phillips (AUS)|
|12||18||Scherri-Lee Biggs (AUS)|
|13||2||Rachael Finch (AUS)|
|14||13||Dave Thornton (AUS)|
|15||20||Tommy Little (AUS)|
|16||12||Megan Washington (AUS)|
|17||15||Robbie McEwen (AUS)|
|DNF||7||Nathan Brown (AUS)|
|DNF||3||Charley Boorman (UK)|