Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Baird Does The Double On The Streets Of Singapore

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Craig Baird won second Porsche Carrera Cup Asia race in Singapore, adding to his victory in Saturday's first race. The result has given the New Zealander the series lead from reigning champion Christian Menzel, who finished fourth.

Baird led the field away from pole position, although came under early pressure from Darryl O'Young. However, Baird held the lead, and O'Young began to come under pressure from fellow-Hong Kong driver Marchy Lee. Lee found a way past O'Young on lap five, and began pushing Baird for the lead. Lee dropped back later on though as his tyres began to wear.

Menzel had started 13th after gambling on tyres in the first race. The German had made his way up to sixth position by the end of the first lap, and got past Mok Weng Sun and Rodolfo Avila to finish the race in fourth.  Mok took the Class B honours for the eighth time this season.

After the race, winner Baird said: “The car was really, really good today. Marchy closed in fast, and I let him come as I thought he'd burn his tyres. I could see he was driving quite aggressively. I stuck to the game plan and it worked. It was easier in the dry, but I'm very, very happy with this – there are so many variables. You win one race and anything can happen in the next one. My guys worked so hard, as they found the clutch was broken just before the race, so we only just made it. My two Kiwi mechanics have been great, so it's my shout tonight!”

Lee was pleased with his second placed finish on the Marina Bay street circuit. “The start was OK, and then I put pressure on Darryl,” said Lee. “Today I really, really pushed hard as I knew I had the speed. Perhaps I rushed a bit too much. I was trying to calculate. I locked up, and the tyres were completely gone after that. Craig and I had the same pace, but I couldn't catch him at the end.”

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