2012 Australian Carrera Cup Championship

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2012 Australian Carrera Cup Championship
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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[edit]

Craig Baird won the championship in the Jet Travel Insurance entry
Alex Davison placed third in the Roma Caravans entry
Steven Richards placed fifth in the Laser Plumbing & Electrical entry

The following teams and drivers contested the 2012 championship.

Team No. Driver Class Rounds
Alliance Group Racing 1 New Zealand Craig Baird Pro All
Grove Group 4 Australia Stephen Grove Elite 5, 7–8
Hunter Sports Group 5 New Zealand Jonny Reid Pro 2–8
Australia Nathan Tinkler Elite 1
18 4
96 New Zealand Ant Pedersen Pro 6
McElrea Racing 7 Australia Alex Davison Pro All
24 Australia Tony Bates Elite 1–4, 6–8
Australia Tim Leahey Guest 5
29 Australia James Davison Pro 2
Twigg Motorsport 8 Australia Max Twigg Elite 1–2, 4–8
Hallmarc Racing 9 Australia Marc Cini Elite All
10 Australia Michael Loccissano Elite 2–8
Team BRM 11 Australia Nick Foster Pro All
20 Australia Tom Tweedie Pro 1–5
Australia Troy Wilson 6
Australia Morgan Mutch 7
Australia Michael Almond[1] 8
Laser Racing 12 New Zealand Steven Richards Pro All
INCA Motorsports 17 Australia Ray Angus Elite 2, 5–8
50 Australia Matt Kingsley Pro 1, 4
Guest 5
Team Kiwi Racing 21 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Pro All
Porsche Cars Australia 22 Australia Mark Skaife Pro 2
40 Australia Max Twigg Elite 3
Australia Jeff Bobik Pro 4
60 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Guest 2
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 6
88 Australia Shae Davies Pro 7–8
96 Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori[1] Guest 8
Rusty French Racing 27 New Zealand Daniel Gaunt Pro All
Supabarn Motorsport 47 Australia James Koundouris Elite 1–4, 6–8
Hamilton Autohaus 56 Australia Shane Smollen Elite 1–7
Racing Incident 66 Australia Peter Hill Elite 2
Australia Theo Koundouris 8
Brighton Speedshop 90 New Zealand Paul Kelly Elite 1–4

Race calendar[edit]

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.[2]

Round Circuit City / State Date Winner Timesheets
1 South Australia Adelaide Street Circuit Adelaide, South Australia 1—4 March Alex Davison Results
2 Victoria (Australia) Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit Melbourne, Victoria 15—18 March Craig Baird Results
3 Western Australia Barbagallo Raceway Perth, Western Australia 4—6 May Jonny Reid Results
4 Victoria (Australia) Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Victoria 18—20 May Craig Baird Results
5 Queensland Townsville Street Circuit Townsville, Queensland 6—8 July Jonny Reid Results
6 New South Wales Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst, New South Wales 4—7 October Craig Baird
7 Queensland Surfers Paradise Street Circuit Surfers Paradise, Queensland 19—21 October Jonny Reid
8 New South Wales Homebush Street Circuit Sydney, New South Wales 30 November—2 December Jonny Reid

Season summary[edit]

Round 1 in Adelaide was won by returning 2004 Champion Alex Davison from defending champion Craig Baird with Daniel Gaunt third. The elite class was won by James Koundouris.[3]

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.[4]

Championship standings[edit]

Points system

Points were awarded to the first 25 finishers in each race as per the following table.[2]

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th
Points 60 54 48 42 36 32 29 26 23 20 18 16 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

In addition to competing for the outright championship, each driver was classified as either Professional or Elite and contested the relevant class title.[2] Points were awarded for class places in each race on the same basis as for the outright championship.[2]

Drivers' Championship[edit]

1 New Zealand Craig Baird 7th 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 8th 2nd 2nd 3rd 1267
2 New Zealand Jonny Reid 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st Ret 4th 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 6th 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1104
3 Australia Alex Davison 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd Ret 9th 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd 5th 4th 3rd Ret 6th 3rd 6th 5th 4th 6 1041
4 New Zealand Daniel Gaunt 3rd 3rd 5th 10th 13th 12th 5th 5th 4th 1st 2nd 7th 4th 7th 5th 6th 6th 7th 4th 4th 6th 4th 3rd 2nd 920
5 New Zealand Steven Richards Ret Ret 4th 11th 6th 4th 6th 4th 6th 2nd 3rd 11th 5th 5th 4th 3rd 5th 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 4th 6th 884
6 Australia Nick Foster 2nd 10th 10th 18th 10th 7th 4th 8th 5th 5th 5th 4th 6th 4th 14th 12th 7th 4th Ret Ret 5th 5th 6th 5th 60 641
7 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner 4th 4th 15th 9th 7th 5th 9th 6th 9th 4th 15th 6th 8th 8th Ret 16th 17th 9th 5th 5th 4th 8th Ret 10th 622
8 Australia Max Twigg 8th 8th 7th 6th 8th 9th 14th 10th 8th 6th 7th 9th 12th 12th 8th 9th 9th 12th 8th 8th 9th 11th 10th 8th 603
9 Australia James Koundouris 6th 7th 8th 8th 11th 10th 8th 9th 15th 7th 10th Ret 10th 11th 10th 12th 9th 11th 10th 8th 9th 472
10 Australia Tony Bates 10th 9th 9th 14th 14th 17th 11th 11th 11th 9th 13th 14th 8th 12th 11th Ret 10th 10th 17th 9th 12th 370
11 Australia Michael Loccisano 13th 16th 14th 12th 13th 13th 11th 14th 15th 14th 13th 11th 14th 15th 15th 11th 12th 13th 12th 15th 15th 315
12 Australia Tom Tweedie 5th 5th 6th Ret Ret 11th 7th 7th 7th Ret 8th 8th 9th 10th Ret 313
13 Australia Marc Cini Ret 11th 11th 15th 17th 16th Ret 15th 14th 12th 17th 13th 15th 14th 10th 13th 13th 13th 9th Ret 16th 13th 11th 13th 309
14 Australia Shane Smollen 9th 12th 13th Ret DNS DNS 10th 12th 10th 8th 16th 12th 10th 11th 12th 7th 18th 18th 7th Ret DNS 288
15 Australia Ray Angus 17th DSQ 15th 13th 15th 9th 15th 14th 16th 13th Ret 15th 15th 13th 16th 184
16 New Zealand Paul Kelly 12th 14th 12th 16th 15th 18th 13th 14th 12th Ret 12th Ret 10 178
17 Australia Matt Kingsley Ret 6th 3rd 10th 6th 5th 7th 6th 6th 168
18 Australia Shae Davies 8th 6th 7th 9th 16th 11th 148
19 Australia Stephen Grove 16th 16th 13th 14th 13th 14th 14th 14th Ret 136
20 Australia James Davison 5th 5th 6th 116
21 Australia Mark Skaife 7th 9th Ret 58
22 New Zealand Ant Pedersen 18th 8th 8th 58
23 Australia Nathan Tinkler 11th 13th 14th Ret Ret 16th 54
24 Australia Peter Hill 12th 12th 13th 52
25 Australia Jeff Bobik 13th 11th 10th 52
26 Australia Theo Koundouris 16th 12th 14th 43
27 Australia Troy Wilson 11th 10th 14th 42
28 Australia Morgan Mutch Ret Ret Ret 0
29 Australia Michael Almond Ret DNS DNS 0
Guest drivers ineligible for points
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 4th 2nd 2nd 0
Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 4th 4th 8th 0
Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori 7th 7th 7th 0
Australia Tim Leahey 11th 9th 7th 0
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Professional Class[edit]

Craig Baird won the Professional Class pointscore from Jonny Reid and Alex Davison.

Elite Class[edit]

Max Twigg won the Elite Class from James Koundouris and Tony Bates.

See also[edit]