Second for Baird in China Kiwi Craig Baird MNZM has moved to second overall in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia standings, following a pair of second placings in the VnC Cocktails Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car at Bejing's Goldenport International Circuit...
Second for Baird in China
Kiwi Craig Baird MNZM has moved to second overall in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia standings, following a pair of second placings in the VnC Cocktails Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car at Bejing's Goldenport International Circuit on Sunday.
Climbing another step toward the top of the series podium, Baird's result was again at a circuit he'd never previously driven. The two races counted toward rounds three and four (of 11) in the 2010 series, with Baird pleased at their forward progress compared the series opener at Shanghai in April.
"In some ways it's been a great weekend - we went back to basics here, and the car is good in terms of setup, now we can concentrate on beating (Christian) Menzel," said Baird.
On 66 points - 14 behind series leader Christian Menzel (GER), Baird's best result was in qualifying when he was 0.128 second off the fastest time around the 2.4 kilometre circuit. Unable to capitalise on the front-row position alongside the defending series champion at the start, Baird instead had to follow Menzel's bumper for the accident shortened 14 lap race (of 25).
In a repeat result for the afternoon 25 lap race, Baird could but follow the German, finishing 1.717 seconds behind at the chequered flag.
"I had a better start than in the first race, but still not good enough to get the advantage over Menzel. My car was probably better than his at the start of the race but you could see his team's strategy of it coming on late-race is what kept him out of reach."
Adding to his weekend, Baird was notified he'd been awarded the prestigious Jim Clark Trophy at the MotorSport New Zealand's premier awards on Saturday evening.
"That was great news and is a very special award for any driver to have hold. So to me, to win it for the second successive year, makes it a very rewarding weekend - it's just a shame I could be in New Zealand to uplift it. But it's also a tribute to my team - the Triple X Motorsport guys, here with me, and the rest back home for our Porsche title. Plus the United Video PSR Racing team, including my father-in-law Gary Pedersen - who helped me to that V8 title."
Returning to his Queensland home for a few weeks, Baird will reunite with his Triple X Motorsport team in China mid-June for round's five and six, being raced at the Zhuhai International Circuit (18 - 20 June).