Accomplished kiwi race ace Craig Baird is the latest top-tier driver to join the ranks of the inaugural V8SuperTourer race series as one of the first 16 drivers set to begin racing in February 2012 at Hampton Downs.
The Gold Coast-based driver, says the new race car category is the golden opportunity to add to his 27 championship titles collection. Baird will drive one of the brand new 550 horsepower cars for the United Video Racing team.
“This is exactly what the sport has been looking for, for a long time. And we’re seeing championship-winning drivers drop what they’re currently doing to join in – it really will be a series of champions,” said Baird.
Narrowly missing repeat wins in both the NZV8 and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge championships this past race season; Baird can’t wait to line up against fellow V8 Supercar driver Greg Murphy in the purpose-built new race car category.
Along with Melbourne-based Murphy, a list of former V8 touring car champions have already committed to the seven round series, including three-time winner John McIntyre, two-time winners Andy Booth and Paul Manuell. (more…)