BAIRD LEADS TOP END PORSCHE BATTLE New Zealand Porsche driver Craig Baird has continued his great start to the season in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup by topping the time sheets during today's practice sessions at Hidden Valley...
BAIRD LEADS TOP END PORSCHE BATTLE
New Zealand Porsche driver Craig Baird has continued his great start to the season in the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup by topping the time sheets during today's practice sessions at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin.
Baird (Team VIP Petfoods) only needed to front up for a single practice session this morning to clock the day's fastest time of 1:10.6845.
After some recent globetrotting which took him to Germany for the Nurburgring 24-Hour race, Baird is confident the new 997-based Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars can break the 1:10 barrier tomorrow.
Second in practice today was inaugural 2003 series champion Jim Richards (OAMPS Insurance Brokers) who recorded a best time of 1:10.8258 around the 2.88km circuit.
Richards is a former race winner at Hidden Valley, victorious in two of the three races during the Darwin round in 2003.
David Reynolds (Bob Jane T-Marts) led the youth brigade today finishing the day with the third fastest time of 1:10.8357 -- the only driver in the top five to register a better time in the second practice session.
This is Reynolds' first visit to the Hidden Valley Raceway circuit, and he will be hoping to celebrate his 21st birthday on Monday with a debut round win.
Alex Davison (Glenfords Racing) will also be one of the feature drivers this weekend. The former series champion set the fourth fastest time today (1:10.8939) and will be aiming to repeat his 2004 triumph at Hidden Valley when he claimed a hat trick of Porsche race wins.
Also breaking the 1:11 mark today was South Australia's Bryce Washington (ADRAD Racing) in fifth spot with a 1:10.9607. Washington is fresh from a win last weekend in the Australian GT Championship.
Jonathon Webb (Glenfords Racing), Aaron Caratti (Firepower Racing), David Russell (Boom Logistics/Sherrin Hire), Dean Fiore (Landscape Developments) and Ian Dyk (Juniper Racing) filled places six through to 10 -- interestingly, all drivers aged under 30 years.
Round two of the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup at Hidden Valley Raceway will continue tomorrow with Qualifying at 9.00am and Race 1 over 15 laps at 2.00pm.
An autograph session featuring Craig Baird, David Reynolds, Ian Dyk, Dean Grant, John Kaias and David Wall will also be held tomorrow at 10.30am on the Centre Stage.