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2011 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia to contest Round 2 at Barbagallo Raceway this weekendWest Australian Michael Patrizi looks for success at his home event

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia this weekend enters Round 2 at Barbagallo Raceway for the Trading Post Perth Challenge, with local driver Michael Patrizi eyeing victory at his home event.

Patrizi has set his sights on success in Perth after a difficult opening round at the Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix, where the Kalgoorlie-born driver was involved in a heavy Race 1 accident.

Patrizi claimed points in the remaining two Albert Park races to finish 10th outright for the round, but now looks to revive his title campaign in front of his home crowd.

“I’m very confident heading into this weekend. The Australian Grand Prix was a real opportunity missed. We had a bad qualifying session and it snowballed from there,” said Patrizi.

“Round 2 at Barbagallo Raceway will be a good chance to get some great results and hopefully get our first of many wins for the championship. The home support will no doubt help me get against the action.

“We’ve got a lot of friends, family and sponsors coming out to the track this weekend to see what we do. Hopefully we can get a good result for them.”

New Zealander Paul Kelly will make his season debut after missing the opening event, with the Christchurch-based driver opting to miss the Albert Park round after being affected by the recent earthquakes in New Zealand’s South Island.

Craig Baird enters Barbagallo Raceway as points leader after two race victories at the Australian Grand Prix, followed by countryman Daniel Gaunt, former V8 Supercar driver Steven Richards, Mark Skaife, Jonny Reid and Ben Barker in sixth.

Max Twigg enters the West Australian round as the Elite Class points leader and seventh in the outright standings after an impressive performance at the Australian Grand Prix, closely followed by Peter Hill and Theo Koundouris in the Elite Class standings.

Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will be on track as of Friday April 29, with three 17-lap races featured over the Trading Post Perth Challenge event.