HONOURS EVEN TODAY BUT BAIRD PULLS AWAY Craig Baird and Alex Davison may have finished today at one race win each but Baird has stretched his championship lead during round five of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Sandown Raceway ...
HONOURS EVEN TODAY BUT BAIRD PULLS AWAY
Craig Baird and Alex Davison may have finished today at one race win each but Baird has stretched his championship lead during round five of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Sandown Raceway in Melbourne.
Davison (Glenfords Tool Centres/DeWalt) started the day off in style by winning race one from Baird (Team VIP Petfoods) and polesitter David Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts).
Then race two was set for another ding-dong battle over the entire 14 laps before Davison had an 'off' on lap seven severely jeopardising his championship aspirations.
He rejoined the race in ninth but well behind the leading pack headed by Baird who was being closely pursued by the young gun Reynolds.
Baird, the Gold Coast-based Kiwi, continued his amazingly consistent season which has seen him finish no lower than second in any of the championship races over the five rounds so far.
Despite being pressured by Reynolds for most of the journey, Baird met the checkered flag first from Reynolds with Luke Youlden (Acer/Leading Solutions/Hitachi Data Systems) coming home third.
Dean Fiore (Landscape Developments) finished fourth ahead of David Russell (Boom Logistics/Sherrin Hire) who had earlier placed fourth in race one.
Last year's third placed driver in the overall championship Jonathon Webb (Glenfords Tool Centres/Makita) was sixth with birthday boy Jim Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) in seventh, Rodney Jane (Bob Jane T-Marts) in eighth and Davison battling on in ninth.
David Wall (Glenfords Tool Centres/Hitachi) had a mixed day. After an encouraging sixth place in race one, the rookie contender had a lap one incident with John Kaias (Abcor) in race two which sent him to the rear of the field.
With the final race tomorrow, Baird leads the round points from Reynolds, Youlden, Davison and Russell.
Jane leads the round in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge for privateer drivers over 30 years of age from Paul Freestone (Star Track Express) and Ash Samadi (ROOCK).