Hidden Valley: WPS Racing preview

THE ONLY WAY IS UP FOR WPS RACING Relative newcomers to the Australian V8 Supercar Series, WPS Racing continue to plot a steady direction forward as they line up for this weekend's Skycity V8 round at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway. For a ...

THE ONLY WAY IS UP FOR WPS RACING

Relative newcomers to the Australian V8 Supercar Series, WPS Racing continue to plot a steady direction forward as they line up for this weekend's Skycity V8 round at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway.

For a successful development program to be instigated within the ranks, the Gold Coast based operation has been required to continually re-assess its progression in the National competition.

The steep learning curve has netted a scattering of small triumphs, but as in all things nothing is taken for granted and optimism remains the key for drivers David Besnard and Craig Baird.

"Both Craig and I and everyone at WPS Racing are aware there are no quick fixes in this game," said Besnard.

"Competing at the highest level of Australian motorsport there's a realisation that a lot of hard work lies ahead before we finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

"But we're all professionals and know that when everything clicks into gear we'll be able to sit back with pride at seeing how far we've come and what we've achieved.

"We'll be out there giving it our all in Darwin this weekend and setting ourselves towards regaining some momentum during the run home in the Series."

For the second time this year, the WPS Racing crew have stepped up to have both Wright Patton Shakespeare supported entries ready to race.

Besnard was an unfortunate casualty during the inaugural event in Shanghai, China earlier this month, where he was involved in numerous racing incidents that left his car a battered mess.

Ironically, since the number 8 WPS Racing Falcon of Craig Baird's underwent an extensive rebuild following a drama charged round two encounter in New Zealand, he's steadily packaged together some good track form.

"We're taking small steps in 2005 and it's hoped any progress will aid in achieving greater long term results at WPS Racing," added Baird.

"We followed up our first finish in the top half of the field in Sydney last month with a similar result in China so that's not a bad platform to coordinate some better results in Darwin.

"Despite having to battle an overheating problem during the final two races there was some consistency shown in the car.

"Just like we've done during earlier rounds we'll be setting a target of getting further up towards the front end of the field during qualifying in round six at Darwin to give ourselves a more realistic shot at gaining better race results."

David Besnard thoughts on Hidden Valley Raceway:

From a racers perspective Darwin is a whole lot of fun and one of the best places to go and race in the series. It's a great track where you need a whole lot of horsepower to be competitive. We'll be aiming to keep our nose clean and staying out of trouble. The main objective is to do the best we possibly can and get some positive results from the weekend.

Craig Baird thoughts on Hidden Valley Raceway:

There's always a great vibe in Darwin and the locals really get into their racing. I think most of the drivers enjoy travelling to the top end because of that and the layout of the circuit ensures some good tight racing. It'd be nice to put things together at Hidden Valley so we can kick back on Sunday and enjoy the party atmosphere.

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Craig Baird