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Craig Baird takes victory in Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Race 2 at Albert ParkBusy Baird relieved with Carrera Cup victory

Craig Baird is relieved to take victory in today’s Carrera Cup Australia race, suggesting the transition into the commentary box will be easier with a victory under his belt.

Baird, who is juggling commentary commitments with Network Ten and racing in Carrera Cup, led from the start of the race ahead of yesterday’s race winner Jonny Reid. Baird then pulled away from the field to dominate the uninterrupted eight-lap Race 2, something the win will appease the ‘stick’ from his fellow commentators.

“I took that much stick from all the blokes in the commentary box for the last two days with not qualifying pole and not winning a race, I thought I better pull my finger out and hold my head up high because I don’t want another night of stick,” said Baird.

“It has been a little bit hard juggling commentary and racing, but everyone has been a little bit flexible to make it all possible.

“I’m wrapped with the win because I did a terrible job in qualifying. Yesterday, no blame on Skaifey, but I’m normally really strong on the first lap but I got caught in traffic and was in a battle with Mark. I lost ground on Jonny and with two laps to go when I thought I was catching him there was a safety car, so that ended that race.

“It’s a good result. Obviously with Dutton Insurance being involved with the series, it’s really good to have their car up front.”

Behind Baird, Reid looked to have secured second with Ben Barker moving into third. However, Barker and wide on the second-to-last corner and Reid slowed coming onto the final straight, leaving Gaunt to claim second place and Steven Richards in third, his second third placing for the weekend.

Barker, while dropping to fourth, was happy with the performance.

“We had great start and managed to get passed a few cars and drove a good race. Then at the last corner, inexperience kicked in and just ran wide, giving two spots away. I’m happy but frustrated,” said Barker, finsihing ahead of Mark Skaife in fifth, Reid, Elite Class leader Max Twigg and Matthew Coleman.

Michael Patrizi recovered from yesterday’s spectacular accident to finish ninth after starting rear of the field, while Peter Hill was again one of the top Elite drivers, finishing 10th.

Round 1, Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix, Race 2 - OUTRIGHT

1. Craig Baird (8 Laps)
2. Daniel Gaunt
3. Steven Richards
4. Ben Barker
5. Mark Skaife
6. Jonny Reid
7. Max Twigg 
8. Matthew Coleman
9. Michael Patrizi
10. Peter Hill
11. Theo Koundouris
12. Shane Smollen
13. Michael Loccisano
14. Simon Middleton
15. Andrew Barlow
16. Ross Lilley
17. Ray Angus
18. Marc Cini
19. Damien Flack
20. Rusty French
21. Nathan Tinkler
DNF James Koundouris

PROFESSIONAL Class Results – Race 2

1. Craig Baird
2. Daniel Gaunt
3. Steven Richards
4. Ben Barker
5. Mark Skaife
6. Jonny Reid
7. Matthew Coleman
8. Michael Patrizi

ELITE Class Results – Race 2

1. Max Twigg 
2. Peter Hill
3. Theo Koundouris
4. Shane Smollen
5. Michael Loccisano
6. Simon Middleton
7. Andrew Barlow
8. Ross Lilley
9. Ray Angus
10. Marc Cini
11. Damien Flack
12. Rusty French
13. Nathan Tinkler
DNF James Koundouris