Baird scores Townsville Porsche pole

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Saturday 6th July, 2013 - 9:40am

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Pole #1 in 2013 for Craig Baird

Pole #1 in 2013 for Craig Baird

Porsche Carrera Cup Champion and series leader Craig Baird has scored pole position for this weekend’s opening race in Townsville.

Baird set his time of 1:14.1995 in the opening half of qualifying and then sat his Jet Travel Insurance Porsche in the pits for the second half as others tried to better his mark.

Steve Richards (Laser Racing) and Nick Percat (Coates Hire Racing) chipped away at Baird’s time, but it was not enough as Baird took his first pole of the season.

“It’s great to score my first pole of the year and we only used the one set of tyres, so that is an extra bonus,” said Baird.

“This is a bogy track for me and last year I was locking-up wheels in qualifying and today we only made two fast runs and got the time.”

Percat will share the front row with Richards and Michael Patrizi (Ausdrill – Onsite Racing) on the row behind.

A strong performance in qualifying will see Shane Smollen (McGrath Estate Agents)head the elite field starting from seventh.

The opening Carrera Cup race will be at 2.25pm.

Pos
Driver
Sponsor
Time
1
 Craig Baird Jet Travel Insurance 1:14.1995
2
Nicholas Percat Coates Hire Racing +0.1063
3
Steven Richards Laser Plumbing & Electrical +0.1150
4
Michael Patrizi Ausdrill – Onsite Racing +0.3041
5
Shae Davies Davbridge Constructions +0.3867
6
Warren Luff No Second Chance/Phase 8 +0.4165
7
Shane Smollen McGrath Estate Agents +1.4270
8
Duvashen Padayachee Team BRM/ Rentcorp Property Group +1.4497
9
Tony Bates Alternative Freight Services +1.5454
10
James Koundouris Supabarn Supermarkets +1.7607
11
Max Twigg Permagard Automotive +0.7699
12
Damien Flack Corporate Cleaning +1.9156
13
Marc Cini Hallmarc +2.4732
14
Michael Loccisano Hallmarc +2.7201
15
Stephen Grove Grove Group +2.7966
16
Tony Walls Objective Racing +2.8002
17
Paul Kelly Paul Kelly Motor Group +2.8136
18
James Bergmuller Porsche Centre Brighton +2.9534
19
Martin Wagg JMC Group +3.2937
20
Renee Gracie Fujitsu Racing +0.3856

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