2012 Australian Carrera Cup Championship
|2012 Australian Carrera Cup Championship|
The 2012 Porsche City Index Australian Carrera Cup Championship was a CAMS sanctioned motor racing title for drivers of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. The title, which was the eighth Australian Carrera Cup Championship, was won by Craig Baird.
Teams and drivers
The following teams and drivers contested the 2012 championship.
|Alliance Group Racing||1||Craig Baird||Pro||All|
|Grove Group||4||Stephen Grove||Elite||5, 7–8|
|Hunter Sports Group||5||Jonny Reid||Pro||2–8|
|McElrea Racing||7||Alex Davison||Pro||All|
|24||Tony Bates||Elite||1–4, 6–8|
|Twigg Motorsport||8||Max Twigg||Elite||1–2, 4–8|
|Hallmarc Racing||9||Marc Cini||Elite||All|
|Team BRM||11||Nick Foster||Pro||All|
|Laser Racing||12||Steven Richards||Pro||All|
|INCA Motorsports||17||Ray Angus||Elite||2, 5–8|
|50||Matt Kingsley||Pro||1, 4|
|Team Kiwi Racing||21||Andre Heimgartner||Pro||All|
|Porsche Cars Australia||22||Mark Skaife||Pro||2|
|Rusty French Racing||27||Daniel Gaunt||Pro||All|
|Supabarn Motorsport||47||James Koundouris||Elite||1–4, 6–8|
|Hamilton Autohaus||56||Shane Smollen||Elite||1–7|
|Racing Incident||66||Peter Hill||Elite||2|
|Brighton Speedshop||90||Paul Kelly||Elite||1–4|
The 2012 Championship was contested over an eight round series with each round decided over a number of races with a minimum total race time of one hour at each round.
|Round||Circuit||City / State||Date||Winner||Timesheets|
|1||Adelaide Street Circuit||Adelaide, South Australia||1—4 March||Alex Davison||Results|
|2||Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit||Melbourne, Victoria||15—18 March||Craig Baird||Results|
|3||Barbagallo Raceway||Perth, Western Australia||4—6 May||Jonny Reid||Results|
|4||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit||Phillip Island, Victoria||18—20 May||Craig Baird||Results|
|5||Townsville Street Circuit||Townsville, Queensland||6—8 July||Jonny Reid||Results|
|6||Mount Panorama Circuit||Bathurst, New South Wales||4—7 October||Craig Baird|
|7||Surfers Paradise Street Circuit||Surfers Paradise, Queensland||19—21 October||Jonny Reid|
|8||Homebush Street Circuit||Sydney, New South Wales||30 November—2 December||Jonny Reid|
Round 2 was held as a support race to the Australian Grand Prix at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit. A classy field assembled including former Grand Prix winner Heinz-Harald Frentzen, former V8 Supercar Champion and Bathurst 1000 winner Mark Skaife, 2011 runner-up Jonny Reid and returning from racing sports cars in the USA, James Davison. But the regulars showed the way with Craig Baird winning all three races, followed by Reid, with round 1 winner Alex Davison third. The elite class was won by Max Twigg.
- Points system
Points were awarded to the first 25 finishers in each race as per the following table.
In addition to competing for the outright championship, each driver was classified as either Professional or Elite and contested the relevant class title. Points were awarded for class places in each race on the same basis as for the outright championship.
Max Twigg won the Elite Class from James Koundouris and Tony Bates.
- Rowley, Grant (29 November 2012). "Asian Carrera Cup champion set for Australian debut". Speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- "2012 Porsche City Index Carrera Cup Australia Championship – Sporting Regulations – Version 1" (PDF). Australian Carrera Cup Championship. Confederation of Australian Motor Sport. p. 6. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- http://www.speedcafe.com/2012/03/06/carrera-cup-australia-2012-clipsal-500-review/ Speedcafe, 6 March 2012
- http://www.speedcafe.com/2012/03/18/craig-baird-completes-albert-park-clean-sweep/ Albert Park results. Speedcafe, 18 March 2012