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Friday 4th July, 2014 - 4:05pm

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Craig Baird fastest in Carrera Cup practice

Craig Baird fastest in Carrera Cup practice

Craig Baird has started his weekend in the Carrera Cup on a positive note with the fastest time in practice on the streets of Townsville.

Despite being a multiple champion in the category, Baird experienced tough outings in Adelaide and Albert Park, before taking a race win at the mini-enduro event at Phillip Island.

Sitting third in the points standings behind Warren Luff and Steve Richards, a good round this weekend will go a long way to having him in the championship mix.

Richards was the pacesetter in the opening session from Luff and Baird, with track conditions improving for the afternoon session.

After taking the final race at Phillip Island with Nick Percat, Shane Smollen was the best in the Elite Category with Phillip Island round winner Stephen Grove next best from James Bergmuller in the opening session.

Smollen repeated that effort in the afternoon session once again from Grove, with Marc Cini setting the third best time.

Teams face qualifying first up tomorrow morning at 7.45am, followed by the opening 17 lap race of the weekend at 11.30am.

VIDEO: Baird and Smollen speak after practice

 

CARRERA CUP : Practice 2

Pos  No. Driver Team Time Gap
1   1  Craig Baird (VIC) Bonaire/Wilson Security  1:14.3552
2  29  Michael Patrizi (SA) Onsite Rental Racing  1:14.4955  0:00.1403
3   7  Warren Luff (QLD) No Second Chance/Phase 8  1:14.5767  0:00.2215
4  88  Shae Davies (QLD) Davbridge Constructions  1:14.7049  0:00.3497
5  12  Steven Richards (VIC) Laser Plumbing & Electrical  1:14.7878  0:00.4326
6 777  Nick Foster (VIC) Bob Jane T-Marts  1:14.7945  0:00.4393
7  27  Sam Power (SA) Childhood Cancer Association  1:14.8271  0:00.4719
8  77  Nick McBride (VIC) Bob Jane T-Marts  1:15.0189  0:00.6637
9  45  Duvashen Padayachee (NSW) VIP Petfoods  1:15.0453  0:00.6901
10  26  Michael Almond (SA) Copyworld  1:15.3212  0:00.9660
11  56  Shane Smollen (NSW) McGrath Estate Agents  1:15.9048  0:01.5496
12   4  Stephen Grove (VIC) Grove Group  1:15.9888  0:01.6336
13   9  Marc Cini (VIC) Hallmarc  1:16.0840  0:01.7288
14  23  Roger Lago (QLD) JBS Australia  1:16.1442  0:01.7890
15  24  Tony Bates (VIC) Alternative Freight Services/A  1:16.3398  0:01.9846
16  55  Renee Gracie (QLD) Fujitsu Racing  1:16.3645  0:02.0093
17  13  James Bergmuller (VIC) Porsche Centre Brighton  1:16.4020  0:02.0468
18  22  Brenton Ramsay (SA) V.I.P. Home Services  1:16.6893  0:02.3341
19   5  Tony Walls (QLD) Objective Racing  1:16.8027  0:02.4475
20  10  Maurice Pickering (QLD) Finance EZI/Foxtel  1:17.2036  0:02.8484
21  11  Ash Samadi (NSW) Royal Purple Oil/Garth Walden  1:17.6130  0:03.2578
22  39  Adrian Mastronardo (NSW) Veritas  1:18.4170  0:04.0618

 

CARRERA CUP : Practice 1

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1   12   Steven Richards (VIC)  Laser Plumbing & Electrical 1:14.8042
2    7   Warren Luff (QLD)  No Second Chance/Phase 8 1:14.8412 0:00.0370
3    1   Craig Baird (VIC)  Bonaire/Wilson Security 1:15.0407 0:00.2365
4   88   Shae Davies (QLD)  Davbridge Constructions 1:15.4372 0:00.6330
5  777   Nick Foster (VIC)  Bob Jane T-Marts 1:15.7175 0:00.9133
6   27   Sam Power (SA)  Childhood Cancer Association 1:15.8495 0:01.0453
7   77   Nick McBride (VIC)  Bob Jane T-Marts 1:15.9273 0:01.1231
8   26   Michael Almond (SA)  Copyworld 1:15.9887 0:01.1845
9   56   Shane Smollen (NSW)  McGrath Estate Agents 1:16.0110 0:01.2068
10   45   Duvashen Padayachee (NSW)  VIP Petfoods 1:16.0589 0:01.2547
11    4   Stephen Grove (VIC)  Grove Group 1:16.4191 0:01.6149
12   29   Michael Patrizi (SA)  Onsite Rental Racing 1:16.4254 0:01.6212
13   13   James Bergmuller (VIC)  Porsche Centre Brighton 1:16.5447 0:01.7405
14   24  Tony Bates (VIC)  Alternative Freight Services/A T 1:16.9248 0:02.1206
15   55   Renee Gracie (QLD)  Fujitsu Racing 1:17.0066 0:02.2024
16    9   Marc Cini (VIC)  Hallmarc 1:17.3517 0:02.5475
17   23   Roger Lago (QLD)  JBS Australia 1:17.6471 0:02.8429
18    5   Tony Walls (QLD)  Objective Racing 1:17.7163 0:02.9121
19   10   Maurice Pickering (QLD)  Finance EZI/Foxtel 1:18.0980 0:03.2938
20   11   Ash Samadi (NSW)  Royal Purple Oil/Garth Walden 1:18.2348 0:03.4306
21   39   Adrian Mastronardo (NSW)  Veritas 1:19.7025 0:04.8983
22   22   Brenton Ramsay (SA)  V.I.P. Home Services 1:20.8937 0:06.0895

 

 

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