WINNING SINGAPORE WEEKEND, BAIRD NEW OVERALL LEADER Round 8 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia took place in 30DEG Centigrade on Sunday at the Marina Bay Circuit Singapore and brought a change in the championship leader. With New Zealander Craig ...
WINNING SINGAPORE WEEKEND, BAIRD NEW OVERALL LEADER
Round 8 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia took place in 30DEG Centigrade on Sunday at the Marina Bay Circuit Singapore and brought a change in the championship leader. With New Zealander Craig Baird (SC Global Racing) winning both Tudor-sponsored rounds, the series now has a new leader going into the next round in Shanghai. The starting grid for the second race was based on the results of Saturday's race. Craig Baird and Darryl O'Young were next to each other on the front row ahead of Marchy Lee and Roberto Avila on row two. Local hero and category leader Weng Mok was on the next row.
At the start, O'Young had a poor getaway, struggling for grip and tyre pressure. He went off the road slightly but recovered. Baird kept the advantage from pole but later had a hard time building a comfortable gap ahead of Young and Lee. Christian Menzel, who misjudged the tyre choice in race one and finished 13th on Saturday, had a perfect start and was already fifth on lap 4. Marchy Lee passed O'Young for second. From that point on, the Hong Kong driver seemed unstoppable and with four laps of the race remaining, Lee was only 0.4 seconds behind leader Baird.
Baird, Lee, O'Young, Menzel, Avila and Mok made up the top six in the second race at Singapore when the chequered flag dropped. In the championship overall, Baird is now the leader of the series going into the next round.
Winner Craig Baird said, "I wanted this second win more than anything. One win is amazing and a second win is simply fantastic for my sponsors, my team and my mechanics. They all supported me and were so dedicated all year and my car gets better from race to race. There are lots of people involved in a win. To be the championship leader as of today is great, but the fight continues. When I arrived here I was two points behind and now I leave Singapore leading the Championship. This is a great situation. These two race wins in Singapore turned into a really perfect weekend.
Marchy Lee (2nd) commented, "I take more points today to progress in the championship and I really appreciate this podium. The race was good, but my tyres were very bad from the start. Avila was catching me but I pushed hard and managed to pass O'Young as a gap opened. In the end, my tyres got better and I scored one of the fastest laps. I put as much pressure as I could on everyone. The championship is looking good for me. There are more races to go and believe me, I will be competitive.
Darryl O'Young (3rd) commented, "It is a good result to finish on the podium. I would have liked to be higher of course, but I had a difficult start and I struggled with pressure. In the end, I could not contain Marchy from mid-race on. But two podiums for one weekend is a strong result and it will be better in Shanghai. I can fight hard, because I missed two rounds this season so I am not in the stressful championship fight.