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Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup preview


Date clash with Clipsal 500 race meeting in Adelaide means GT3 series front-runners will miss Timaru round.

Halliday has chance of taking Porsche lead

February 28, 2007, 5.45pm. Team NZ A1 GP racer Matt Halliday has a chance to overtake Fabian Coulthard and Craig Baird and move into the lead of the 2006/2007 Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Championship at Timaru this weekend.

His two fellow internationals are competing in the Clipsal 500 race meeting in Adelaide, Australia.

Reigning champion Baird has led the Battery Town points standings since the first round at Pukekohe in November but Coulthard and Halliday have been closing in, having won more races.

After this month's Manfeild round – where Halliday won two of the three heats - Baird's lead has shrunk to 14 points over Coulthard with Halliday seven further back.

This weekend Baird, the defending category champion, is competing in the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup championship, and Coulthard is competing in the V8 Supercar round.

Both categories race on Saturday and Sunday preventing the drivers from competing at Timaru.

The date clash results from the calendar rearrangement to accommodate the NZ round of the A1 GP Series at Taupo last month.

Fourth-placed Jody Vincent is also looking to improve his NZ GT3 series chances at Timaru, as is fifth-placed Jono Lester.

Photo caption: Matt Halliday will be out to grab the Porsche GT3 series lead at Timaru this weekend. Photo by Fast Company/Graham Blow.

Greenie to race Porsche

February 28, 2007. Veteran race and rally driver Brian Green will have a one-off drive in Craig Baird's car in the Porsche GT3 series at Timaru this weekend.

Former Porsche series fastman Kevin Bell will drive Fabian Coulthard’s GT3.

Coulthard and Baird are racing in the Adelaide Clipsal 500 meeting in South Australia this weekend.


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