Barbagallo: WPS Racing Friday report

TOP TEN FIRES WPS RACING FOR PERTH ASSAULT An encouraging time set by Wright Patton Shakespeare Racing driver David Besnard in practice today has the team fired up for a genuine assault at the third round of the V8 Supercar Series in...

TOP TEN FIRES WPS RACING FOR PERTH ASSAULT

An encouraging time set by Wright Patton Shakespeare Racing driver David Besnard in practice today has the team fired up for a genuine assault at the third round of the V8 Supercar Series in Perth.

In a patient display Besnard waited until his 37th lap during an extended two-hour practice session, turning in a flyer over the 2.4 kilometre circuit that shot him to a session high third on the time sheets.

A four-minute period over the concluding stages saw many of the 32-car field opt to run on new tyres to improve their position, while Besnard was more than happy to play a conservative hand in the WPS Falcon.

"It's game time tomorrow but this a good start to the weekend and I know there are a lot more gains to be made during qualifying," said Besnard.

"We're not getting ahead of ourselves because you really don't know where everyone else is, so we'll continue to play it smart and get as much as possible out of the car.

"As expected we've continued our consistent speed that we showed in New Zealand and now it's a matter of progressing that into results over the next two days.

"There's a lot of hard work to be done to ensure we're at the front during qualifying.

"We don't want to get caught out in the middle of the pack and from there I'm sure we can go on with the job."

Fellow Wright Patton Shakespeare driver Craig Baird was one of the unfortunate drivers caught out by the multitude of red flag periods today.

The New Zealander realises he has come a long way since the disappointments of the last round and remains optimistic towards gaining greater momentum during tomorrow morning's qualifying period

"The overall car speed generated today leaves me in no doubt that we can turn things around and shoot for a competitive qualifying position," said Baird.

"Anything can happen during tomorrow's 20 minute session and I'm sure we can set things up for a positive result here in Perth."

The V8 Supercar action begins tomorrow with two 20-minute qualifying sessions then the top ten shootout to determine the starting grid for the first of three races.

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Craig Baird