In major news for New Zealand motorsport, Craig Baird has been selected by Porsche Motorsport management as the sole 'works' driver in the Porsche Carrera World Cup
Six time GT3 Cup Challenge New Zealand champion and reigning Carrera Cup Australia champion Craig Baird has been selected by Porsche Motorsport management in Germany as the sole 'works' driver in the Porsche Carrera World Cup on June 25 at the Nurburgring, where he will take on more than 100 competitors from 25 nations in 911 GT3 Cup cars.
Baird knows the Nürburgring-Nordschleife from contesting the 24 hour race there in 2006 and 2007. On his list of successes are 23 national championship titles. For his services to motorsport, he was awarded the “New Zealand Order of Merit” in 2010.
“It’s a huge honour for me to be given the chance to contest this race against the world’s best Porsche Cup pilots at the wheel of a Porsche AG VIP-911,” says Craig Baird. “To bring the Porsche Carrera World Cup to the Nordschleife is a fantastic idea and will most certainly be an unforgettable experience for drivers and fans.”
His #200 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will also leave a lasting impression on spectators at the ‘Ring. The winning racer not only impresses with his 450 hp engine output, but is also a feast for the eyes. Its design is an artistic interpretation of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife as the ‘green hell’ with licking flames as well as a stylised world map signalising the 25 nations from which the international grid comes to contest the greatest Porsche race on earth.
Over the course of his career, the 40-year-old New Zealander has already notched up 109 victories in Porsche one-make race series.
With the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, built by Porsche Motorsport in Weissach, Baird takes up the greatest Porsche race in history against more than 100 competitors from 25 nations.
“With his skill and experience, he is the ideal person to drive our VIP car,” says Uwe Brettel, Head of Motorsport Sales at Porsche AG. “More than any other driver, he embodies the customer sports philosophy of Porsche.”