Bayliss completes Carrera Cup Pro-Am grid

  • Wednesday 21st May, 2014 11:45am
  • Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus - Tom Howard ©
Michael Patrizi Troy Bayliss 344x209 Bayliss completes Carrera Cup Pro Am grid

Bayliss will team with Patrizi for a second consecutive year

The return of three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss completes a star-studded entry for this weekend’s Pro-Am Carrera Cup races at Phillip Island.

Bayliss will drive alongside Michael Patrizi, continuing the pair’s partnership from last year’s Rennsport event.

Having performed solidly last year, the 45-year-old expects that the new generation Type 991 Cup cars introduced to the class for 2014 will result in a tighter field this weekend.

“I’m really looking forward to racing this new car,” Bayliss told Speedcafe.com, having recently tested the Onsite-backed entry.

“I think guys like me who are not in the cars week in and week out, the way that the car works and with the paddles and auto-blip, it’s going to help us get closer to the front.

“I don’t expect to be the fastest guy down there, because that just can’t happen with the level of competition there is, but I feel that I can get reasonably close.”

Bayliss is also looking forward to the co-driver event’s shift this year from Sydney Motorsport Park to Phillip Island, where he has a long history from his days in Superbikes and MotoGP.

“It’s so similar, it’s not funny,” he said of the adjustment between racing bikes and cars at the Victorian venue.

“Honestly, even the lines and the braking markers are so similar and the way that you’ve got to do things.

“Coming onto the straight, the really fast left hander, on the motorbike when you’re rolling into there fast you can never really close the gas because the rear just wants to come around.

“It’s basically the same in the Porsche. You’ve just got to lift your foot, wait until the front of it is settled and then get back on the gas.

“There are a lot of things that feel quite similar around there.”

The full line-up of co-drivers features six full-time V8 Supercars Championship drivers and adds six former Carrera Cup Australia race winners to the field.

Championship leader Warren Luff will be paired with Dunlop Series stalwart Geoff Emery, making for a formidable combination.

Fellow front-runners have Steven Richards and Craig Baird have opted for experienced amateur-level Porsche drivers Damien Flack and Max Twigg respectively.

A 21-car field will face the starter, with Maurie Pickering absent on business commitments and Dean Koutsoumidis having recently sold his entry, which will return under the Wall Racing banner later this year.

See below for the full Phillip Island entry

No Sponsor Driver Co-Driver
1

Bonaire / Wilson Security

Craig Baird Max Twigg
4

Grove Group

Stephen Grove

Scott McLaughlin

5

Objective Racing

Tony Walls

David Reynolds

6

No Second Chance/Phase 8

Warren Luff

Geoff Emery

9

Hallmarc

Marc Cini

Dean Fiore

11

Royal Purple Oil/Garth Walden Racing

Ash Samadi

Jonny Reid

12

Laser Plumbing & Electrical

Steven Richards

Damien Flack

13

Porsche Centre Brighton

James Bergmuller

Dale Wood

22

Phenix Motorsport

Brenton Ramsay

Jason Bright

23

JBS Swift

Roger Lago

David Russell

24

AFS/All Star Equipment Sales

Tony Bates

Dan Gaunt

26

Copyworld

Michael Almond

John Karytinos

27

Childhood Cancer Foundation

Sam Power

James Koundouris

29

Onsite Racing

Michael Patrizi

Troy Bayliss

39

Veritas

Adrian Mastronardo

Tim Slade

45

Rentcorp

Duvashen Padayachee

Neale Muston

55

Fujitsu

Renee Gracie

Tim Miles

56

McGrath Estate Agents

Shane Smollen

Nick Percat

77

Bob Jane T-Marts

Nick McBride

Rod Jane

88

Davbridge Constructions

Shae Davies

Adam Gowans

777

Bob Jane T-Marts

Nick Foster

Ryan Simpson

See below for Porsche’s event preview video

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