Posted by: jkirkby8712 | March 27, 2011

Sunday, 27th March 2011 – Motor racing in Melbourne and a cricket update

Yes, the Australian F1 Grand Prix is to raced in Melbourne at the Albert Park circuit, in fact the race is due to start late this afternoon. Maturally, us Aussies are hoping that our own driver, Mark Webber can finally have some success in his home Grand Prix. I guess the favourite is the young German driver, Sebastian Vettel, who will start from pole position at the front of the grid, while Webber is back in third position – not a good beginning, because if Vettel gets a good start, he will be hard to catch.  The 23-year-old produced a performance of dazzling speed and masterful control around the Albert Park circuit to take pole position for today’s Australian Grand Prix for the second year in a row in his Red Bull Racing car.

Sebastian Vettel smiles after securing pole position while teammate Mark Webber sports a more sober expression after securing the third spot on the grid. Sebastian Vettel smiles after securing pole position while teammate Mark Webber sports a more sober expression after securing the third spot on the grid. [Photo: AFP]. I’m hoping those facial expressions might be reversed before the next two hours is over.  I shall return with an update, a little later.

Well the race result – no luck to Mark Webber, he came in 5th position, so despite winning in other parts of the world, has not seen success here in Australia. The race winner was  1st: Sebastian Vettel [Red Bull], 2nd:  Lewis Hamilton [McLaren] and 3rd, V Petrov  [Renault] [the first ever Russian driver to get on the podium in Formula 1]. That result should please my niece down in Ballarat, who for some unknown reason didn’t want our Aussie driver to win, according to her Face Book comments last night! I didn’t press her on the issue!

On the cricket scene, the two remaining quarterfinals of the World Cup have been completed over the past couple of days.  Surprisingly, Sri Lanka 231 have defeated England 6 for 229, the Poms just missed out it seems. While our neighbours, New Zealand have earned themselves a place in a Semi Final – New Zealand 8 for 221 defeated South Africa 172. A couple of interesting semifinals coming up in the next few days – India vs Pakistan, and New Zealand vs Sri Lanka. Naturally, I’m barracking for the Kiwis!!  Meanwhile, at the local level, two Sunbury teams were competing in the local district cricket finals – the senior competition saw Sunbury United defeat the team from Riddell [just north of here] scoring 348 against 187 and 4 for 123. In the B Grade competition, the Sunbury team that my son, Adam, is involved with, were defeated by a another team north of the town, Woodend – scoring 165 but surpassed by the opposition, 6 for 185 and 3 for 144 [winning on the 1st innings]. Adam who is a junior vice president with the club posted a note of congratulations for a brave effort by his team on the website.

Didn’t see very much of Susie this weekend – after working this afternoon, she went back to Jimmy’s place for dinner, before catching the train later to return to Bendigo.  Didn’t even require me to drive her anywhere in the absence of her car – Jimmy, naturally enough, as the boyfriend [and with a new car to show off] undertook those roles!!



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