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Apr 9, 2014

BAIRD APPOINTED DRIVING STANDARDS OBSERVER FOR 2014 KUMHO SERIES

Porsche Carrera Cup Champion to dovetail role with racing program

FIVE-TIME Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Champion Craig Baird has been confirmed in the role of Driving Standards Observer for the 2014 Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series.

The Gold Coast-based New Zealander will dovetail the role with the DSO position for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, which also competes on the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals program.

Baird, a veteran of 19 Bathurst 1000 starts and 87 V8 Supercars Championship event appearances, takes over the role from Cameron McConville.

“I was going to be at the Shannons Nationals events to do the GT3 Cup Challenge so it makes good sense for me to do both categories and helps split the costs for both as well,” says Baird.

“Cameron has been in the same role before so he has an open mind to that sort of thing, which is a win-win for both categories.

“At the end of the day, these categories are about the competitors enjoying their racing.  The Shannons Nationals categories are about enjoyment and developing some skills.

“There are certainly different skill sets in among the different drivers in the Kumho Series but the only way they will all enjoy it is if they can pack their car away on the Sunday night with no damage.

“Some guys are at the end of their career floating through having fun; others are trying to learn some skills and progress up the ladder. It’s always a balance but it’s all about keeping damage to a minimum and enjoyment to a maximum.”

The Kumho Series was introduced in 2008 as a category for cars that are no longer eligible for the V8 Supercar Development Series.

It features ex-V8 Supercar Falcons and Commodores rev-limited to 7000rpm (500rpm less than V8Supercars) using Kumho control tyres and has become an unofficial third-tier of the sport.

The 2014 Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series will begin at Mallala Motorsport Park