Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Australia will hold its fourth round of the season at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this weekend, with four drivers performing double duty at the L&H 500.
This weekend, Craig Baird, Michael Patrizi, Daniel Gaunt and Steven Richards will all contest the 500 km V8 Supercar endurance race in addition to their Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Australia commitments.
While it will be a busy event for the Porsche quartet, Baird is looking forward to racing his newly re-branded Porsche Insurance GT3 Cup car.
"The L&H 500 will be an interesting event for me and three other Carrera Cup drivers also racing in the V8 Supercar endurance event, so it will be a busy weekend for a few of us,” said Baird.
"Getting extra miles in both the Porsche and the V8 Supercar will no doubt help out when we're on track and allow me to be as competitive as possible."
Since the championship’s last event, Ben Barker has contested two rounds of Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain. Barker raced at two rounds of the British Porsche championship at Snetterton and Knockhill, where he scored two top-three finishes from the four races contested, giving the Briton more confidence heading into this weekend’s Phillip Island event.
“It was great travelling home to Britain in the break and taking a couple of podiums in Carrera Cup Great Britain,” said Barker.
“I learnt a lot from racing at the two British rounds at Snetterton and Knockhill, especially on my starting technique, and will now bring a lot more confidence into the remainder of the Australian season.”
In the Elite Class, seven drivers will call the coming Phillip Island round their home event with Rusty French, Max Twigg, Marc Cini, Michael Loccisano, Ross Lilley, Peter Hill and Simon Middleton all based in Victoria.
From the group of Elite Class locals, Twigg has had the most successful start to the 2011 season, leading the class standings by 68 points over Theo Koundouris, who will miss the Phillip Island round after breaking his hand this week.
The Elite Class has featured three separate round winners from this year’s three events, with Twigg, Paul Kelly and Damien Flack taking Elite Class honours at the Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix, Barbagallo Raceway and Townsville, respectively.
Twigg is now looking forward to racing at Phillip Island, only weeks after his 40th birthday.
“My season so far is going to plan. Apart from a flat tyre at Perth everything has been as good, or better, than I expected; although my pace at Townsville could have been better and second in the Elite Class was not what we wanted,” said Twigg.
“Our preparations for Phillip Island are going well. We've had two test days which have helped us with a good set up.”
Meanwhile, Jeremy Gray will make his Carrera Cup debut at Phillip Island, replacing Nathan Tinkler, who will miss the round due to business commitments.
This weekend will also be the Porsche championship’s first round featuring its new Title Partner, City Index, and will hold three races across the L&H 500 weekend.