Baird masters wet Carrera Cup opener

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Saturday 23rd August, 2014 - 6:07pm

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Baird won from seventh on the grid

Baird won from seventh on the grid

Craig Baird has put on a masterful display of driving to win the opening Carrera Cup race after coming through from seventh place on the grid.

It was only Baird’s second race win of the season. The other coming at the mini-enduro event at Phillip Island in May.

With the afternoon wet in Western Sydney continuing, Baird made the most of the tricky conditions to make his way to inside the top-3 by just the third of 14 laps.

He passed the pole sitter Warren Luff for second on lap #7, before getting by Michael Patrizi for the lead one lap later; just after a yellow flag zone for the stranded Greg Taylor Porsche.

A safety car was called, and even after the field was bunched, Baird was able to pull away from Patrizi. Joint-championship leaders Luff and Steve Richards had a great battle for third. Richards got a run around the outside to grab third and take a narrow points lead in the title chase.

A great run from Tony Bates was rewarded with eighth place overall and first in Elite, with Stephen Grove and Tony Walls taking the minor placings.

The Carrera Cup has two more races tomorrow.

VIDEO: Baird and Bates speak after the race

 

 RESULTS: Race 1 Carrera Cup – Sydney Motorsport Park

Pos  No. Entrant Driver
1    1  Bonaire/Wilson Security  Craig Baird (VIC)
2   29  Onsite Rental Racing  Michael Patrizi (SA)
3   12  Laser Plumbing & Electrical  Steven Richards (VIC)
4    7  No Second Chance/Phase 8  Warren Luff (QLD)
5   27  Childhood Cancer Association  Sam Power (SA)
6   88  Davbridge Constructions  Shae Davies (QLD)
7   77  Bob Jane T-Marts  Nick McBride (VIC)
8   24  Alternative Freight/All Star  Tony Bates (VIC)
9   55  Fujitsu Racing  Renee Gracie (QLD)
10   56  McGrath Estate Agents  Shane Smollen (NSW)
11  777  Bob Jane T-Marts  Nick Foster (VIC)
12   11  Royal Purple Oil/Garth Walden  Ash Samadi (NSW)
13   26  Copyworld  Michael Almond (SA)
14    4  Grove Group  Stephen Grove (VIC)
15    5  Objective Racing  Tony Walls (QLD)
16   23  JBS Australia  Roger Lago (QLD)
17   22  V.I.P Homes Services  Brenton Ramsay (SA)
18   13  Porsche Centre Brighton  James Bergmuller (VIC)
19   10  Finance EZI/Foxtel  Maurice Pickering (QLD)
20   39  Veritas  Adrian Mastronardo (NSW)
21  222  Scott Taylor Motorsport  Scott Taylor (QLD)
22   38  Taylor Motorsport/Adina Apartm  Greg Taylor (NSW)
DNF   45  VIP Petfoods  Duvashen Padayachee NSW

 

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