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Baird, D’Alberto, Twigg to share STM Merc in B12HR

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Craig Baird and Tony D’Alberto will share a Scott Taylor Motorsport run Mercedes AMG GT3 with Max Twigg in next year’s Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

The trio will tackle the Pro/Am class aboard the WM Waste Management-sponsored car with STM, a team Twigg joined for this year’s Australian GT season.

D’Alberto partnered with Twigg in the Australian Endurance Championship campaign for the squad, winning the final round at Highlands Motorsport Park in November.

Meanwhile, Baird’s role as Supercars’ Driving Standards Advisor has limited his seat time this year, only contesting two rounds of the AEC and a sole Australian GT Championship event at Adelaide with Scott Taylor.

The New Zealander also drove with Shane van Gisbergen and Maro Engel in the 2017 edition of the 12 Hour in a HTP Motorsport run AMG, while working in the background with Twigg and D’Alberto during the year.

“It’s easy to jump into a team with a group of people that you know and trust,” said Baird.

“Max has been a mate for a long time and I’ve had a long involvement with STM. It’s a great group of people.

“I know the combination of TD and Max inside-out so I think we’ll be in good shape.

“The event is growing every year and it’s going to be competitive regardless if you’re in an all-pro car or a Pro/Am entry.”

D’Alberto did not compete in this year’s 12 Hour, but feels his AEC experience will benefit come February.

“I’m really happy continue relationship with Max because I felt as a pairing got stronger as the enduros went on,” said the 2017 Bathurst 1000 podium finisher.

“I enjoy working with him and team, so it was a no-brainer keep it going. Bairdo is an amazing driver but the experience he brings to the team is significant. Working with him this year helped me along.”

Twigg took on this year’s 12 Hour aboard a MARC Cars Australia BMW M6 GT3 alongside Chaz Mostert and Mogan Haber, leading the race early on before retiring with a mechanical problem.

He hailed continuity as the key to success in their 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour tilt.

“It’s an exciting combination and we’re really looking forward to the race,” said Twigg.

“I’ve had a great year driving the AMG and it ended really well in New Zealand with a great result.

“It made sense that Tony and I would keep going and bringing Bairdo into the mix was the next step.

“Between the three of us we’ve got plenty of experience in the car and the race so we’re all excited about it.

“I’m already in the gym getting ready.”

The 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will be held on 2-4 February.

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