Baird returns to winning form in Carrera Cup

Craig Baird leads home Nick Percat to win the opening Carrera Cup race in Townsville

Craig Baird leads home Nick Percat to win the opening Carrera Cup race in Townsville

Ace Porsche racer Craig Baird proved invincible after dominating the opening Carrera Cup Australia race in Townsville.

Baird put in another flawless display to lead from flag-to-flag in his Jet Travel Insurance Porsche, leaving Nick Percat (Coates Hire Racing) 1.2s behind after the Bathurst winner started beside Baird on the front-row.

Baird classed it as one of the easiest wins of his career despite Percat remaining a close threat in his mirrors.

“I’ve floundered around in fifth and sixth around here and worked harder than that and then I got out there and the car is spot on. I did adapt my style a little bit before coming here,” Baird told “I sort of kept looking in the mirror thinking ‘why are the dropping off’?’

Warren Luff, driving the No Second Chance entry finished third to edge out Michael Patrizi’s Ausdrill car.

Steven Richards (Laser Racing) finished fifth ahead of Shae Davies (Davbridge Constructions), Shane Smollen (McGrath Real Estate), Duvashen Padayachee (Team BRM), Damien Flack (Corporate Cleaning) and Tony Bates (Alternate Freight).

After coming away from the Rennsport round of the Championship with below par efforts by his considerable standards, Baird has extended his points lead in the series.

The race was only four laps old when Renee Gracie’s Fujitsu-backed car ground to a halt at the Coates Hire corner bringing out the safety car.

On the restart Baird kicked clear of Percat, Luff and Patrizi with the order at the time remaining unchanged until the 14th and final lap.

Percat said: ” I was close to Baird on the re-start but didn’t get the run I wanted and as I didn’t quite have the pace today, followed him to the flag.

“We’ll do a bit of fine tuning overnight and hopefully be stronger tomorrow”.

Carrera Cup continues its fourth championship round with the 14-lap Race 2 starting at 10.35am and the final 14-lap heat starting at 1.30pm tomorrow.

 See below for full Carrera Cup Race 1 result

1 Jet Travel Insurance Craig Baird (NZL) 19:44.6019 1:15.1188
2 Coates Hire Racing Nicholas Percat (SA) 19:45.8235 1:15.3856
3 No Second Chance/Phase 8 Warren Luff (NSW) 19:47.6196 1:15.7475
4 Ausdrill – Onsite Racing Michael Patrizi (WA) 19:48.8871 1:15.6156
5 Laser Plumbing & Electrical Steven Richards (VIC) 19:49.9 1:15.7908
6 Davbridge Constructions Shae Davies (QLD) 19:50.9619 1:15.7909
7 McGrath Estate Agents Shane Smollen (NSW) 19:53.1262 1:17.3670
8 Team BRM/ Rentcorp Property Gr Duvashen Padayachee NSW 19:54.0329 1:16.5816
9 Corporate Cleaning Services Damien Flack (QLD) 19:54.7369 1:17.0051
10 Alternative Freight Services Tony Bates (VIC) 19:57.2716 1:17.4768
11 Supabarn Supermarkets James Koundouris(ACT) 19:58.2364 1:17.3098
12 Permagard Automotive Max Twigg (VIC) 19:59.3249 1:17.1187
13 Hallmarc Michael Loccisano(VIC) 20:02.1551 1:18.0464
14 Grove Group Stephen Grove (VIC) 20:03.5562 1:18.0462
15 Paul Kelly Motor Group Paul Kelly (NZL) 20:04.3624 1:17.2788
16 Objective Racing Tony Walls (NSW) 20:05.4248 1:18.7092
17 JMC Group Martin Wagg (VIC) 20:06.3281 1:18.6074
DNF Hallmarc Marc Cini (VIC) 15:36.0690 1:18.0098
DNF Porsche Centre Brighton James Bergmuller (VIC) 15:36.7334 1:17.1963
DNF Fujitsu Racing Renee Gracie (QLD) 4:13.3793 1:19.7427


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