Porsche Series

Craig Baird Takes Porsche Pole At Bathurst

1 Mins read
Craig Baird - Photo Credit: Porsche Cars Australia

Craig Baird - Photo Credit: Porsche Cars Australia

Craig Baird claimed pole position for the first of the Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Australia races at Bathurst.

The Kiwi took top spot with his final flying lap, bettering the time of Michael Patrizi who had been the benchmark for the field.

After two practice sessions being held in the wet, the dry qualifying session posed a challenge to all of the drivers.

“That was the first session any of us had done in the dry so I think there is room for improvement in the set-up of the car,” said Baird.

“We didn't quite have it right so we'll certainly make some changes overnight. I think we've got a better race car than what we've got as a qualifying car so I'm definitely confident going into tomorrow.”

Steven Richards and Daniel Gaunt took third and fourth places, meaning that the top four in qualifying are all drivers that are competing in the 1000 km V8 Supercar race around the same Mount Panorama circuit on Sunday.

Britain's Ben Barker, last year's Australian F3 champion, took fifth on the grid ahead of former A1 Grand Prix racer Jonny Reid, whose session ended early when he hit the tyre wall at Forest Elbow.

Matthew Coleman and Tim Leahey will share the fourth row of the grid in seventh and eighth respectively. Elite Class pacesetter Shane Smollen was ninth, with Jeremy Gray completing the top ten.

1882 posts

About author
Peter joined the TCF team in September 2010 and covers GP2 and GP3 along with WTCC and Formula Two. You can find him on twitter at @PeteAllen_
Related posts
Porsche SeriesRally

Block reveals the "Hoonipigasus" 1400hp AWD Porsche for Pikes Peak

1 Mins read
Ken Block has revealed his new purpose built 1,400hp AWD Porsche 911 nicknamed “Hoonipigasus” which he will use for the 2022 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event in Colorado
Endurance RacingFIA WECNurburgring 24 HoursNürburgring Endurance SeriesPorsche Series

Porsche Manthey-Racing mark 25th anniversary with new partnership

3 Mins read
Porsche Manthey-Racing are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, with a new partnership having enjoyed significant success in GT racing since 1996.
Porsche Series

Dean Neuls - Breaking down stereotypes to start racing at 57-years-old

1 Mins read
Part 1 of a new docu-series follows Dean Neuls, who at the age of 57 decided he wanted to go racing in Porsche’s.