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Two-seater ride under the hammer for Australian flood victims 17 Jan 2011

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6 on pole position at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 28 March 2010 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6 leads at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 28 March 2010 Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Force India F1 VJM03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 28 March 2010

The organisers of this year's Australian Grand Prix are to auction off a ride in a two-seater Grand Prix car to raise funds to support the victims of the recent floods in Queensland. The eBay-based auction begins on January 17 and will draw to a close on January 28.

The winning bidder will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime ride around the spectacular Albert Park street circuit during this year’s event. The two-seater car is powered by a 700bhp-plus V10 engine and features chassis construction, suspension, brakes and tyres not dissimilar to the cars competing in the 2011 championship.

“To experience the power of a two-seater Formula One car, hitting speeds of 300 kilometres per hour is normally a money-can’t-buy opportunity, so by auctioning this amazing experience we hope to raise a significant amount to support Queenslanders,” explained Andrew Westacott, acting CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

Former Australian Formula One World Champion - and Queensland resident - Alan Jones agreed, saying “This is a fantastic initiative and hopefully motorsport fans show their support in contributing to such a crucial cause.”

The Australian Grand Prix will take place at Albert Park from March 25-27. For further information and to place a bid, click here.