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Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge

The Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge returned as a feature of the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix and showcased the All-Mew Mazda3 powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.5 litre petrol engine.

Prior to racing around the world famous Albert Park street circuit, the celebrities underwent intense driver training by Mark Skaife and his team at Skaife Racing to obtain a CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motorsport) License at Sandown Raceway.

The celebrities then took on the challenge of bringing these new driving skills and techniques to the Albert Park circuit where Brett Emerton cruised to pole position during qualifying on Friday. Emerton edged out Australian cycling legend Robbie McEwen in second and TV adventurer Charley Boorman for third.

Race 1 on Saturday was action packed with Rachael Finch escaping from a dramatic crash unscathed and Robbie McEwen cruising to victory over a determined Brett Emerton.

Sunday’s race was also full of excitement, a false start from Robbie McEwen saw Brett Emerton the winner of the final race. Grease star Rob Mills was the surprise second place winner but the battle for the third and final place on the podium between Olympian Torah Bright, The Bachelor Tim Robards and TV Presenter Catriona Rowntree was thrilling with Robards eventually taking the title of third place.

Final Results

Race 1 – Saturday 15 MarchRace 2 – Sunday 16 MarchOverall Race Standings
1.       Robbie McEwen 1.       Brett Emerton 1.       27 points - Brett Emerton
2.       Brett Emerton 2.       Rob Mills 2.       22 points - Rob Mills
3.       Rob Mills 3.       Tim Robards 3.       16 points - Tim Robards
4.       Torah Bright 4.       Catriona Rowntree 4.       15 points - Robbie McEwen
5.       Tim Robards 5.       Adam D’Sylva 5.       13 points - Torah Bright
6.       Tommy Little 6.       Torah Bright 6.       12 points - Catriona Rowntree
7.       Catriona Rowntree 7.       Maz Compton 7.       7 points - Adam D’Sylva
8.       Lydia Lassila 8.       Clint Stanaway 8.       6 points - Maz Compton
9.       Maz Compton 9.       Sam Mac 9.       5 points - Tommy Little
10.   Adam D’Sylva 10.   Lydia Lassila 10.   4 points - Lydia Lassila
11.   Clint Stanaway 11.   Lauren Phillips 11.   3 points - Clint Stanaway
12.   Scherri-Lee Biggs 12.   Scherri-Lee Biggs 12.   2 points - Sam Mac
13.   Lauren Phillips 13.   Rachael Finch 0 points - Rachael Finch
14.   Dave Thronton 14.   Dave Thornton 0 points - Charley Boorman
15.   Charley Boorman 15.   Tommy Little 0 points - Nathan Brown
16.   Nathan Brown 16.   Megan Washington 0 points - Lauren Phillips
17.   Megan Washington 17.   Robbie McEwen 0 points - Megan Washington
DNF: Rachael Finch DNF: Nathan Brown 0 points - Dave Thornton
DNF: Sam Mac DNF: Charley Boorman 0 points - Scherri-Lee Biggs

The following drivers took part in the 2014 Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge:

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