After a record Friday crowd yesterday, the Formula 1 Heineken Australian Grand Prix continued to break records, with a huge crowd of more than 120,000 spectators at Albert Park to see the action.
With the previous record for a day three crowd sitting at 112,000 from all the way back in 2002, it was another electrifying atmosphere in Melbourne for the grand return of Formula 1.
Following the day’s action, motorsport.org.au wraps all the key results from the day that saw Qualifying for Formula 1 take place.
FIA Formula 1 World Championship
Daniel Ricciardo will start the Formula 1 Heineken Australian Grand Prix from seventh after producing his best qualifying result for 2022.
In a dramatic three sessions, which featured a number of red flags and incidents, the West Australian put on a show and finally unlocked the pace his McLaren had been lacking all year.
Comfortably making it to Q2, Ricciardo then had to work hard in the second session as he posted the ninth fastest time – less than one tenth separating he and the eliminated Piere Gasly.
When it came to the final session, Ricciardo started well and notched up the third fastest time before a Fernando Alonso crash halted proceedings and left him fourth.
Upon the reset, Ricciardo posted a decent time but was replaced late by teammate Lando Norris and the two Mercedes drivers, while Charles Leclerc held off the fast charging Red Bulls to take pole.
Repco Supercars Championship
Supercars had two races as part of the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 and it was current leader Shane van Gisbergen who enjoyed a solid day out to win both outings.
Despite not starting on pole in either race, the reigning champion showed why he is the current Championship leader – taking the win from third place on both occasions.
It followed on from an impressive effort on Friday where the Kiwi secured a podium finish having started from the rear of the grid.
In the first race of the day, it was a Grove Racing double podium with David Reynolds leading Lee Holdsworth, who picked up his best result for the year.
Reynolds then made it three consecutive podiums for the first time since 2015 with a third place in the day’s final race, finishing behind pole sitter Will Davison.
Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Championship
After winning both races on Friday, Aaron Love made it three from three in the category’s only race for the day.
Finishing in second place by less than half a second was Max Vidau after the South Australian managed to pass Queenslander Harri Jones with just three laps to go.
Both Vidau and Jones crossed the chequered flag ahead of David Wall, who finished the championship’s second race of the weekend in second.
With a clean sweep of wins to his name, Love currently leads the round point score with 136 points, while Vidau’s second runner-up finish for the weekend saw him slot into second place by 18 points.
In the Pro-Am class, Geoff Emery and Sam Shahin continued their rivalry from 2021 after the former won his second race for the weekend, beating Shahin and Stephen Grove.
S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship
After the thrilling Formula 1 qualifying session, S5000 drivers would have hoped to continue entertaining fans to see off a great day of action.
And while the category started off well, racing under the picturesque twilight sky, an unfortunate crash between Zane Goddard and James Davison at the final corner of the second lap saw a safety car intervention.
Unfortunately due to the shortened race, there was no more action as the race finished under the safety car, handing Versa Motorsport’s Shae Davies the victory.
Rounding out the top three was Conor Somers and Blake Purdie.
With the grid reversed from race one, yesterday’s winner Joey Mawson and runner-up Aaron Cameron were unable to make up positions and finished 10th and eighth respectively.
All three support categories have one race each to wrap up the weekend ahead of the Australia Grand Prix main event, which takes place at 3pm AEST.