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Baird wins two titles


Craig Baird is the king of New Zealand motorsport, after winning the NZ V8 and Porsche Championship on the weekend

Queensland-based Kiwi Craig Baird secured his record sixth title after winning the final race of the 2009/10 Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge in Taupo on the weekend.

He also won the V8 touring car title as well, at the final round of the summer race season.

The 39-year-old Baird is only the second driver to win two top racing titles in one season.

Baird is now the owner of 27 national titles.

In race one of the V8s, John McIntyre easily took the win. Kayne Scott and Baird tussled the whole race, with Scott eventually finishing second and Tim Edgell third.

Race two saw McIntyre ahead of Scott, Edgell and Baird. With his fourth place finish, Baird clinched his first New Zealand V8 title at only his second attempt.

With the championship in the bag, Baird went hard in the full reverse grid third race, snatching the lead from Dale Williams on the last lap.

Former A1GP driver Jonny Reid won the first Porsche race from Daniel Gaunt and Matt Halliday. In race two, Baird finished third behind Reid, who scored his second win of the weekend, and Halliday.

Baird won the reverse grid third race by a convincing margin, leaving Gaunt and David Reynolds to take the minor places.

“Today I had to consolidate the championship and is maybe half a reason why I’ve won so many is I think about how I’m going to do it. I think today proves the point, winning the championship by a big margin came first, then I could go all out for the final. And the very reason why was the people behind me – the Triple X Motorsport team, my family and supporters that have got me the very best so I can be the best,” Baird said.

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