Oran Park: WPS Racing Sunday report

BESNARD'S REVIVAL A POSITIVE FOR WPS RACING David Besnard's second successive top half finish to a V8 Supercar event coupled with a tireless effort from the WPS Racing crew today at Oran Park, has marked an impressive preliminary to the ...

BESNARD'S REVIVAL A POSITIVE FOR WPS RACING

David Besnard's second successive top half finish to a V8 Supercar event coupled with a tireless effort from the WPS Racing crew today at Oran Park, has marked an impressive preliminary to the Sandown/Bathurst endurance rounds for the team.

With a mindset focused towards completing the two 54-lap features with a competitive result, Besnard piloted the Fish Liquor supported #48 car with aggressive intent.

The Gold Coast driver took to the task with added vigour and managed an impressive 15th placing overall.

More importantly the result has given his Championship points haul a real push along after a slow start to season 2005.

Starting from 25th position on the grid, Besnard was gritty in pegging back six spots during the first event and then backed it up with another open minded approach to the final race.

Besnard let his driving ability do all the talking, slowly edging his way towards the lead pack and completing the second leg of the Oran Park assault in 16th position.

"In the first race we went as good as we possibly could and didn't do anything fancy, preferring just to push ourselves through the pack," said Besnard.

"That put us in better shape for the second race and after our pit stop it felt like the longer we were out there, the better we were shaping towards the end of the race.

"There's no doubt with the engine program we're working on towards the endurance rounds we'll shape up for Sandown with a lot more horsepower and that's a major positive for the remainder of the season.

"Everything was positive today after a slow start to the weekend, we were patient and level-headed in racing and that was backed up by a tireless effort from the crew."

All crew members of the WPS Racing team have reason to stand proud after some exceptional pit stops over the weekend, coupled with a total engine replacement of Craig Baird's #8 WPS Racing car between the two feature races today.

Baird's opening campaign was abandoned after just seven laps when he cracked an engine rod, meaning the task to have the car ready for the second race was in itself a race against the clock.

In total the engine replacement was completed in less than an hour allowing Baird to take his place on the starting grid.

But in what turned out to be a hapless weekend for the New Zealander, he was again forced to watch the bulk of racing from the pits after suffering rear suspension damage on lap 12.

"Full credit to the boys for the effort to get us out there for the second race, but it was just one of those weekends I'd rather forget," said a dejected Baird.

"We've got Sandown in three weeks and another test day in between so we'll regroup from this and look to knuckle down to the big races ahead."

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Craig Baird