Hidden Valley: WPS Racing Friday report

WPS RACING IN TOP TEN AT DARWIN Optimism reigns in the WPS Racing V8 Supercar camp following a season high top 10 finish in practice for Craig Baird, during Darwin's Skycity event at Hidden Valley Raceway this afternoon. A genuine desire...

WPS RACING IN TOP TEN AT DARWIN

Optimism reigns in the WPS Racing V8 Supercar camp following a season high top 10 finish in practice for Craig Baird, during Darwin's Skycity event at Hidden Valley Raceway this afternoon.

A genuine desire among the team to put together some improved performances has been aided by further gains in the development of both WPS Racing Falcons.

David Besnard put together a tidy display behind the wheel steering himself to just outside the top 20 to remain upbeat towards tomorrows qualifying session.

But it was Baird, making all the right moves during another classy on track display, who will enjoy the luxury of competing in the top 50% of tomorrow's qualifying period.

"The car's the best it's been all year and it shows that we're on the right track with some of the things we've been working on," said Baird.

"It's definitely going to be a massive bonus for us to be able to focus all our attention on the one car during each of the qualifying sessions.

"There's no doubt for us to be competing in the second period there's bound to be a lot more rubber down on the track which should give us an advantage.

"But there's still a long way for us to go here in Darwin so we'll just look to continue the momentum."

Besnard made his way up the time sheets during the concluding stages of practice despite striking oil on the track.

The WPS Racing foundation driver maintains a positive outlook towards tomorrow's session despite the late set back, preferring to focus on what he was also able to put together on the opening day.

"It was frustrating to pick up the oil when we did because I know we were capable of making a charge towards the front of the pack," said Besnard.

"But again these things happen in racing and there's only one second separating the top 26 cars so we'll focus our energies towards qualifying.

"Tomorrow is where it's going to count and the most positive aspect is that there are a couple of things we can adjust overnight that should provide even more improvement."

Equally impressed by the performance of his drivers was WPS Racing team owner Craig Gore who, despite added enthusiasm, maintains a conservative approach to the Darwin assault.

"We're not counting our chickens before they hatch but I was very pleased with the overall performance and attitude of our drivers," said Gore.

"To have both WPS Racing Falcons wired in like they are confirms we're making the right changes to the set up and we'll look to continue that during the course of the weekend.

"Finally the team is feeling like a boxer fighting in its own weight division and we can see ourselves coming out on top by the finish.

"A top 20 overall finish is a realistic goal for Darwin and there's no reason why we can't achieve that."

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Craig Baird