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Baird wins second BNT NZ V8s race


United Video Ford Falcon racer Craig Baird runs away from the V8s field at Pukekohe,to score his fourth race win of the weekend - two in NZ V8s, two in Porsche GT3s.

Craig Baird took his late season renaissance a step further by scoring a lights-to-flag win in this afternoon’s first BNT NZ V8s race at Pukekohe.

It was Baird’s second win of the weekend in the Garry Pedersen-run United Video Ford Falcon. He actually crossed the line second in yesterday’s race after being tapped into a half spin one corner from home.

That gave the win to Angus Fogg (LG Electronics Falcon), but after a hearing of evidence officials slapped Fogg with a 50-second penalty for bad driving behaviour, relegating him to 16th place.

After winning the startline drag race with Andy Booth’s Big Ben Pies Holden Commodore, Baird drove to a convincing win. Booth came home second despite a broken windscreen for most of the race.

Kayne Scott (Fujitsu Falcon) finished third, one place ahead of series leader and reigning champion, John McIntyre (BP Ultimate Ford) with one race to run in the 2008/2009 series.

Fogg worked his way through the field till he came up against sixth-placed Andrew Anderson’s ITM-Pinepac Commodore.

But Fogg couldn’t find a way past the Holden, and lost a placing to Eddie Bell in the closing laps, charging across the finish line side-by-side with the Christchurch driver after a desperate last metres lunge.

Going into the reverse grid final race, McIntyre is 21 points ahead of Scott, the only driver with a chance of taking the title away from him. Scott and McIntyre will start the race side-by-side from near the back of the field.

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