The Australian Grand Prix has had to axe its traditional celebrity race

Event organisers for this year’s Australian Grand Prix have been forced to axe the celebrity race.

The popular support event has been scrapped after organisers were unable to secure the support of a car manufacturer that was prepared to let the D-listers guest drivers swap panels.

Its dumping comes just after after the event made a return to the Grand Prix’s roster, when Lexus supplied its CT200 hybrid vehicles for the five-lap dash around Albert Park.

It is believed that a round of the Australian Formula Ford championship will happen in its place instead, and it will join the list of support categories that includes the V8 Supercars, Carrera Cup and the Group A and C Touring Cars.

“We’ve just finalised the line-up and the celebrity challenge is not part of that,” Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott told Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper.

“It simply came down to the fact that we couldn’t find an auto provider that had cars coming on to the market that they could supply in time.

“It was not through lack of trying.”

[Image via Australian Grand Prix Corporation]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.