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Malcolm Flynn | Mar, 18 2013 | 0 Comments

Brad Hodge proved his abilities outside the crease by taking out all three Mazda6 Celebrity Challenge races at the weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.

The former Australian test cricketer started from pole in the first race, leading actor Jonathan LaPaglia home in the first two races, and Scottish cycling legend Chris Hoy in the third.

Hodge joked about his on-track abilities compared to the rest of the pack after his third victory: “I think what is clear is that I am too good for this category and need to move to a higher one."

Celebrity chef Shane Delia also impressed, with a fourth and two third places across the weekend.

Hodge trumped 20 other celebrities racing identical 2013 Mazda 6 Atenza diesels, with each car sporting little more than race seats, harnesses, and a rollcage over their factory spec.

The celebrity challenge has been a mainstay of the Australian Grand Prix program in recent years, and 2013 marks the first time Mazda has been involved in the event.

Despite receiving expert tuition from Australian touring car legend Mark Skaife in the leadup to the event, the races delivered typical levels of panel rubbing and attrition among the largely inexperienced field.

Melbourne radio personality Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann needed to swap to a spare car early on, after contact with actor Scott McGregor saw him tag a wall front-on.

McGregor then sustained race-ending damage to both ends of his 6 early in the second race, and was eventually joined by actor Jared Daperis, news presenter Hamish MacDonald and fashion designer Wayne Cooper on the DNF list.

Significant damage to McGregor, MacDonald, and Cooper’s cars put them out of the third race, and media personality Em Rusciano was the sole DNF in the final stoush.


Mazda 6 Celebrity Challenge Race 1 Top Ten Results

  1. Brad Hodge
  2. Jonathan LaPaglia
  3. Jared Daperis
  4. Shane Delia
  5. Mark Beretta
  6. Anna Meares
  7. Scott McGregor
  8. Matt Cowdrey
  9. Anthony Lehmann
  10. Chris Tarrant

Mazda 6 Celebrity Challenge Race 2 Top Ten Results

  1. Brad Hodge
  2. Jonathan LaPaglia
  3. Shane Delia
  4. Anna Meares
  5. Sir Chris Hoy
  6. Mark Beretta
  7. Matthew Cowdrey
  8. Lehmo
  9. Chris Tarrant
  10. Kate Peck

Mazda 6 Celebrity Challenge Race 3 Top Ten Results

  1. Brad Hodge
  2. Chris Hoy
  3. Shane Delia
  4. Anna Meares
  5. Mark Beretta
  6. Chris Tarrant
  7. Matthew Cowdrey
  8. Jonathan LaPaglia
  9. Jared Daperis
  10. Kate Peck

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