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Baird goes back-to-back

Gold Coast-based New Zealander Craig Baird has made light work of the field to win the third and final Porsche Carrera Cup race at the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

There’s always a sense of inevitability when Baird hits the lead in a Carrera Cup race at Albert Park, and so it was again today when he led from start-to-finish ahead of Warren Luff and race one winner Steve Richards.

Baird has now won four consecutive Carrara Cup rounds at Albert Park.

“That final race was fairly uneventful, really,” said Baird. “Everyone has been talking about all these young blokes in Carrera Cup, so I just put my head down and went as fast as I could and tried to maintain a good rhythm.”

Passing opportunities were at a premium, and the only decisive move of any note was when Matt Kingsley passed Steve Johnson to move into fourth position on lap four. And that’s how they remained for the balance of the eight-lapper, with Karl Reindler finishing in sixth position.

Leading light and original pole position man Nathan Percat failed to finish after a mechanical problem.

Baird finished on 174pts across the three races, from Luff (144) and Richards (140), while Max Twigg was the top Elite driver.

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