Baird leads Clearwater win at Sepang 12 Hour

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Sunday 1st September, 2013 - 5:14pm

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The race winning Clearwater Ferrari at Sepang

The race winning Clearwater Ferrari at Sepang

Craig Baird has led a dominant Clearwater Ferrari team to a six lap win at the Sepang 12 Hour Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race.

Along with Mok Weng Sun and Hiroshi Hamaguchi in a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, the trio completed 323 laps of the Sepang Grand Prix Circuit in the race that went from 12am to 12pm.

It was a strong comeback for the team which last year failed to finish due to mechanical failure.

The chrome coloured Ferrari laid down the gauntlet early, taking the lead prior to the halfway mark.

Once the challenge of the likes of the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 entries and defending champions Petronas Syntium Racing hit strife the pressure was eased.

Pole-sitter Thomas Jäger, Lucas Wolf and Luca Ludwig retired after 101 laps whilst teammates Bernd Scheider, Jono Lester and Dominic Ang retired after 218 laps, both with engine failures.

“We were happy to go into the race from fifth in qualifying and we just focused on consistency and slowly made our way up,” said Baird.

“Everyone will have their own war story about racing, but today, as a team, we’re just extremely happy with this win.”

Australians Roger Lago and David Russell, along with Peter Kox claimed second in a Lamborghini LP560-4.

As the race reached the final hours, the battle to claim the third and final spot saw Naza Nexus Racing (Adrian D’Silva, Earl Bamber and Alif Hamdan) in a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 swap positions with another 458 GT3 belonging to Italian race outfit AF Corse with Pasin Lathouras, Mika Salo and Michele Rugolo.

Both Ferraris were also challenged by the Porsche GT3R of LKM Racing (Darryl O’Young, Vuthikorn Intharaphuvasak and Siu Yuk Lung) but team fell off the pace in the final hour of the race.

In the end though, it was AF Corse who managed to pip Naza Nexus Racing for the final spot with 15 minutes of the race remaining.

RESULTS: Sepang 12 Hour – Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race  

Position Team Drivers Car Laps
1 Clearwater Racing Mok Weng Sun

Hiroshi Hamaguchi

Craig Baird

Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 323 laps
2 Roger Lago Racing Roger Lago

David Russell

Peter Kox

Lamborghini LP560-4 317 laps
3 AF Corse Mika Salo

Pasin Lathauras

Michele Rugolo

Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 316 laps
4 Naza Nexus Racing Adrian D’Silva

Earl BamberA

lif Hamdan

Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 316 laps
5 LKM Racing Darryl O’Young

Vuthikorn Intharaphuvasak

Siu Yuk Lung

Porsche GT3R 314 laps

 

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