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CRAIG BAIRD is now a four-time Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Champion – but he is determined to add a second Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour victory to his credit driving for the German marquee’s arch-rival brand; Ferrari.
The Queensland-based New Zealander will return to the mountain with Clearwater Racing next February, as the Asian GT Championship winning team seek to go two places better than their superb third-place effort in the race this year.
Baird, co-driving with works Ferrari driver Matt Griffin and team owner Mok Weng Sung, finished a surprise third in the 2012 race, behind the factory-supported Audi R8LMS that won, and the Erebus Racing Mercedes SLS AMG that scored second.
Their Ferrari 458 GT3 was the only Ferrari to finish the race, the speedy Maranello Motorsport example setting lap records before succumbing to mechanical dramas early in the race.
The podium result was something of a surprise for the team – their focus always on the win on their 2013 return.
“Weng (team owner, Mok Weng Sung) is always very conservative with his predictions but Matt Griffin and I were pretty confident that we would be capable of finishing on the podium,” Baird said.
“Clearwater doesn’t do things by halves and once we had Weng up to a level where he was comfortable, we knew we viagra canada would contend for a decent result.
“It was a tough race with the weather conditions changing all the time and that made things difficult, but we got there.
“It’s a great team to work with and I can’t wait to come back. I think we’re a chance.”
Accustomed to jumping between different types of cars, Baird says the Ferrari 458 is a strong contender for the annual 12-hour race, though not ideally suited to the epic 6.213km circuit.
“The Ferrari actually struggles for torque on the climb up the hill,” Baird explains.
“It just doesn’t have the torque as cars like the Lambo, but overall it’s a really good car. I think our car will be better and for sure they will have done some development since this year’s race.
“We have great support from Ferrari and Matt Griffin is a known commodity here now – he’s a great driver. It’s just easier going back a second year.”
Well-known for his exploits behind the wheel of the German Porsche brand, Baird says he has no problems switching brands for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour each year.
Baird’s race win in 2007 came at the wheel of a BMW Production Car, prior to the introduction of GT cars in the race.
“If there was a works-supported Porsche in the race, I’d be in it, for sure,” Baird explained.
“But when you’re in a position that it’s one of our biggest races of the year and they don’t have a car to go in, they aren’t going to put restraints on where you can drive, which is great.”
Baird’s record-breaking year in Carrera Cup saw him take 10 race wins and wrap up the title with a round to go – something he hopes leads into more 12-hour style races around the world.
“It’s been one of the best seasons I have ever had in Carrera Cup,” the now four-time champion said.
“And racing with the quality of opposition, like Jeroen Bleekemolen, has led to a bit of interest from overseas, which is very flattering. I’d love to do more events like the 12 Hour here and abroad.
The Clearwater Racing Ferrari is one of two currently entered – lap record holding outfit Maranello Motorsport set to return with their speedy 458.
For more information on the Bathurst 12hour, Click Here.
Pictures and specs do this thing enough justice. Originally a 5.6, the engine will have to be de-stroked in order to meet the 5000CC engine capacity limit. Nissan look to be a decent competitor in the V8 supercars!
Block: Nissan VK56 – Cast Aluminium 90 degree V8
Heads: Nissan VK56 – Quad Cam, four valve per cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 102.69 mm x 75.31 mm
Induction: Naturally aspirated, individual runner
Liners: Dry Cast Iron
Valve Train: Chain driven quad cam
with direct acting DLC coated bucket followers
Ignition: Direct fire coil on plug
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Maximum RPM: 7500
Camshafts: Piper Cams
Timing Drive Components: Nissan/NISMO/Albins
Rings: Total Seal
Valves: Del West
Valve Springs: Performance Springs International
Ignition System: Nissan
Engine Management: MoTeC
Water Pump: Nissan Motorsport
Oil Pump: Dailey
Inlet Manifold: Nissan Motorsport
Exhaust: Nissan Motorsport
As fellow enthusiasts already know, there is always a car which concretes itself in your childhood. Generally speaking, these cars are unattainable at the time due to a plethora of reasons; with the number one generally being cost.
So what happens when we can finally live these dreams, when our childhood favorites become ‘old metal’?
We purchase them. That’s what we do. We’ll that’s at least what Chris Harris has done.
We all know Chris and his colorful personality through Autocar, Evo Magazine and now his latest online endeavor, ‘Chris Harris On Cars’. With his excellent driver feedback and high overall understanding of an automobile, he takes us through why his 1986 BMW M5 is his piece of ‘old metal’
Pump the speakers and have a listen to that Bavarian straight six sit just shy of redline.
p.s And before you ask, the clip does contain opposite lock shenanigans.
Back in ’92 when here in Australia we were watching Nissan GTR’s and Ford Sierra dominate our local touring car championships, i’d still look to the BTCC for some of the most competitive exciting racing i’d ever seen. This is a great little story by By Henry Hope-Frost, i found on www.motorsportretro.com and it really took me back to why I love the BTCC so much, its like cage wrestling in steroid injected daily drivers..!
The British Touring Car Championship has pitted high-street cars and household-name drivers against each other for over 50 years. And ever since those early years in the late 1950s, the emphasis has always been on door-banging, paint-trading and fender-bending.
Spectators flocked to all the major circuits of the UK – Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Donington and Oulton Park – to witness four-door fights between a range of modified versions of saloon cars they’d driven to the track that morning.
During the first three decades – the 60s, 70s and 80s – great champions were crowned, and hum-drum cars took on faster machines in a tyre-shredding class war that raged for lap after lap, weekend after weekend, season after season.
The BTCC’s fan popularity rocketed manufacturers flocked to take part – on that age-old, water-tight marketing philosophy of ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ – and drivers from a range of disciplines continued to hold the series in high regard. Witness Formula 1 world champions Jack Brabham, Graham Hill and Jim Clark adding wins to their bulging CVs during the 1960s.
For the full story and an amazing clip of the closing laps of the ’92 Championship deciding race, visit our friend @ motorsportretro.com
Thanks to our buddy’s over at Ausmotive, fans and non F1 fans can be pro and join in on all the F1 banter that will surely happen, as the 2012 season kicks off this weekend at Albert Park in Melbourne.
KELLY RACING DEFECTS TO NISSAN AS OF 2013
Written by: Jordan Smith source: http://www.v8supercarsfangroup.com
Four-car, family-owned V8 Supercars team Kelly Racing is set to announce tomorrow that it will become the new headline act of Japanese car maker Nissan’s planned assault on the 2013 V8 series and will be renamed to “Nissan Motorsport”. The news breaks only a matter of hours after V8 Supercars personel today stated that they would be making an “historic announcement” which had been “several years in the making” at Melbourne’s Crown Casino. (Also the venue at which V8 Supercars originally launched the Car of the Future project.)
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Instead of feeling sorry for myself, for not getting the track hack ready in time. I thought I would make the trip down to Wakefield and have a play(learn) with the camera on Monday. Out of the 600 bad photos, I ended up with some half decent ones. Main Lesson for the day was learning how to pan smoothly and utilize the shutter speed.
Throughout the day I spotted a bunch of Neova Cup Competitors too! Brandon in his Red DC2R Honda Integra , Anthony Loh with his Mitsubishi EVO 9 and Steve Reed in his Mazada 3 MPS. Happy to report all these guys went home with new PBs check out their times here. Brandon is insanely quick, but a special mention needs to go out to Anthony and Steve, these guys are giving it a good crack in what are essentially street cars. They are constantly moving up on the leader board and every time these guys including Brandon send us their times, its not just a tenth off here and there its a full 1-2seconds off, I cant wait to see where these guys end up on the leader board!
These are some of my best shots. Feel free to leave us a comment on how I can improve my photos and technique.
David Coulthard has become the first person to drive a Formula One car around the Circuit of the Americas track in Texas.
Coulthard drove the RBR car around the yet-to-be-built track in Austin, Texas. The circuit will host its first F1 race next year before the V8 Supercars Championship makes its debut in the United States at the new venue in 2013.
Story from Speedcafe.com. Read more: SPEEDCAFE