Baird, Al­mond in duel to death

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

PORSCHE Car­rera Cup driv­ers Craig Baird and Michael Al­mond traded top spots in the di­vi­sion’s two prac­tice ses­sions yesterday.

There was lit­tle sep­a­rat­ing the two ri­vals with Baird tak­ing out the first ses­sion with a lap time of 1.15.2582, marginally ahead of Al­mond’s fastest time of 1.15.2672. Nick McBride has put to­gether a solid start to the Porsche Car­rera Cup sea­son to sit at sec­ond place in the driv­ers cham­pi­onship and the Vic­to­rian drove well to claim third in the first prac­tice ses­sion.

Al­mond was able to turn the ta­bles on Baird in the af­ter­noon, with the fastest lap of the day to top the stand­ings in the sec­ond prac­tice. His time of 1.14.6189 helped him edge out Baird ( 1.14.6533) while Nick Foster re­bounded to fin­ish in third ( 1.14.7910).

Se­ries leader and for­mer V8 Su­per­cars star Steven Richards will be look­ing to im­prove on his times to­day af­ter fin­ish­ing eighth and ninth in the two warm- ups.

Just 0.9 of a sec­ond sep­a­rated the top 13 in yesterday’s fi­nal prac­tice ses­sion and com­pe­ti­tion will be fierce at to­day’s qual­i­fy­ing ahead of the first of the week­end’s three 20- lap races at 3pm to­day.

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