Bathurst: WPS Racing Friday report

WPS MOVES FORWARD AT BATHURST WPS Racing's cars will start 17th and 22nd in Sunday's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mt Panorama on Sunday - round nine of the V8 Supercar Championship Series. The ...

WPS MOVES FORWARD AT BATHURST

WPS Racing's cars will start 17th and 22nd in Sunday's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mt Panorama on Sunday - round nine of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

The #10 WPS Racing Falcon was piloted into 17th by Jason Bargwanna while David Besnard was given the job of qualifying the #8 WPS Falcon and he will start 22nd in the 31-car field.

In the morning 30-minute co-driver session, Craig Baird was 17th and Besnard was 18th.

Besnard's car was virtually re-built overnight after an early session accident yesterday involving co-driver Max Wilson.

The car was still being tweaked in the early hours of this morning after the final bits were bolted back on just after midnight.

The team decided to have Besnard qualify the car because of the extra miles he had been able to do in the co-driver session and the fact that Wilson was still suffering some back pain after yesterday's incident.

Mark Skaife has taken provisional pole for the race ahead of Jason Bright and Rick Kelly, but there is a top-10 shootout tomorrow.

There is also a final 60-minute practice session tomorrow and a 20-minute warm-up on Sunday.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--

Jason Bargwanna - #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"That's the quickest we have been around here," said Bargwanna.

"There are so many different things we can do to improve the car before race time, but overall we have had a pretty good run.

"Sure it would have been great to be in the top 10 like Sandown and that was certainly the aim, but I think we are going to have a reasonable race package."

Craig Baird - #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"I did about seven laps this morning and everything was fine," said Baird.

"I continued to feel comfortable in the car and was quite happy with a 10-dead. I just really did what I needed to do.

"Bargs is also pretty good around here when it comes to endurance speed and he got on with the job this afternoon."

Max Wilson - #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"Yesterday I only got in a couple of laps and David had this morning's co-driver session to get plenty of time in the car," said Wilson.

"I was also still feeling a little sore after yesterday's impact, so it made sense for him to qualify the car.

"We definitely need to use tomorrow's 60-minute session and Sunday morning's warm-up to dial more balance into the car.

"The guys did a great job to get the car back together overnight."

David Besnard - #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"The car was Ok and to tell you the truth I was probably a little too comfortable in it," said Besnard.

"I am certainly getting better and better in the car and I am still learning something about this car every lap I do.

"The fact I have done around 25 laps in this car and have not been in the car all year compounds the problems, but we are certainly making progress.

"The team did a fantastic job to have the car back together by midnight last night and have it in some sort of reasonable shape for this morning's co-driver session.

"The WPS team has certainly made me feel a part of this whole deal and we have worked together to try and progress our situation."

Mark Larkham -- Team Principal
"I think overall we did a respectable job," said Larkham.

"'Bezzy' (Besnard) did a solid job considering he has not been in the car all year. He was finding fractions of a second every sector and that's what it is all about.

"I think both our co-drivers have done a good amount of laps around here on better rubber. David obviously did the session this morning and qualifying and Craig (Baird) has also been running his Porsche this weekend.

"I am actually a little more comfortable with our race package after today.

"Yesterday was tough, but the boys did a great job to get everything back together and be in reasonable shape. We came out of today unscathed and that has allowed us to make some gains, but also have a base to work with."

-credit: wps

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , David Besnard , Jason Bright , Rick Kelly , Mark Skaife , Craig Baird , Mark Larkham , Jason Bargwanna