Anyone who regularly travels to Melbourne almost always packs for four seasons, because the weather is so changeable. But for AGP weekend the weather was at its best, and two young rising Australian racers enjoyed results one can only dream about.
In the supporting Supercars race 20-year-old Brock Feeney claimed victory in the final round prior to the Grand Prix, which is clear evidence for the confidence shown in him by his Triple 8 team which fields his Chevrolet Camaro.
My good friend Paul Gover alerted me to Brock’s potential early on, and I wrote about his entry to the sport, and the high hopes held for his progress. I think winning the Supercars race on AGP weekend is simply bloody marvellous for this young, talented, but unassuming young man.
In the AGP, the day was full of chaos, mayhem, three red flags and eight cars which DNF’d. Nonetheless the World Champion claimed his first victory at Albert Park, but of course the interest of Aussie fans were all focussed on young Oscar Piastri in his first hometown GP.
The McLaren team has failed to produce competitive cars in 2022 and so far in 2023, but Oscar kept his cool and even starting from a lowly 16th place managed to steer clear of the chaos, and produced a drive one would expect from a highly-experienced and mature F1 regular.
To come home in 8th position, in the points, at his first AGP (and only his third F1 race) is a fantastic result, and no-one should have any doubts about his potential.
Well done Brock and Oscar – you did us proud. Thanks.