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Davison flies in to add Aussie flavour to Porsche GT3 Challenge

 

The battle for this year's WPS Carrera Cup Australia title crosses the Tasman this weekend with 2004 champion Alex Davison joining 2006 series points leader Craig Baird on the grid for the first round of the 2006/07 Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge championship. The battle for this year's WPS Carrera Cup Australia title crosses the Tasman this weekend with 2004 champion Alex Davison jo

The battle for this year's WPS Carrera Cup Australia title crosses the Tasman
this weekend with 2004 champion Alex Davison joining 2006 series points leader
Craig Baird on the grid for the first round of the 2006/07 Battery Town Porsche
GT3 Cup Challenge championship.


Defending Battery Town series champion Baird was always returning for this
  season's challenge championship but Davison - a dominant winner of the Carrera
  Cup Australia series for Porsche GT3 Cup cars in 2004 and currently running
  a close second to Baird in the WPS-backed 2006 championship series - is a late
  addition to the programme after being called in to replace last minute scratching
  Shane McKillen.



Davison's entry adds yet another strong driver string to the Battery Town Porsche
  GT3 Cup Challenge championship series' bow - with the current leader of the
  Australian series (Baird), and the two most recent champions, Fabian Coulthard
  (2005) and Davison (2004) joining current Team A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
  driver Matt Halliday on the grid.



That is not only one of the strongest internationally-recognised driver lineups
  the Battery Town series has ever enjoyed, it is also one of the most impressive
  contemporary lineups ever assembled for a national motor racing meeting in this
  country - period.



It will be interesting to see who comes out on top too, with Baird having dominated
  the early rounds of this year's WPS Carrera Cup Australia series but Davison
  having turned the tables on his New Zealand rival at the most recent rounds.



Baird, who has won the last two Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series
  in this country retains the lead in the Australian series' points standings
  with 1050 points to Davison's 937 but with one round to go - at Victoria's Phillip
  Island circuit in December - Davison has a mathematical chance of turning the
  tables on his Kiwi counterpart.



In other good news for the Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge championship
  opening round this weekend the entry number now stands at 16, with last-minute
  additions to the official list published last week from top local drivers Ross
  Rutherford and Dean Cockerton.



This season the Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge championship series
  is again one of the lynchpins of MotorSport New Zealand's premier Mike Pero
  Motorsport Series programme with seven rounds alongside the Parker ENZED NZ
  V8s Championship, Toyota Racing Series, Nicibo Production Racing Series and
  new MINI Challenge.


Each weekend there will be three Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge races,
  one on Saturday and two on Sunday. Traditionally the third and final race has
  always been over a longer distance, and this year that format will be enhanced
  by reversing the grid for the top 10 starters.



Pukekohe's Pukekohe Park Raceway hosts the first round of the 2006/07 Battery
  Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Championship this weekend with subsequent rounds
  at Christchurch's Powerbuilt International Raceway at Ruapuna Park, the new,
  extended Taupo Motorsport Park at Taupo, Manfeild Autocourse at Feilding, Timaru
  International Raceway and Invercargill's Teretonga Park before a return north
  for a high profile final back at Pukekohe Park Raceway at the annual Placemakers
  V8 Supercar meeting.



An undoubted highlight this season will be the January 19-21 2007 meeting at
  Taupo where the Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Championship will be
  one of the categories supporting the inaugural New Zealand A1GP World Cup of
  Motorsport round.






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