Queensland: WPS Racing Friday report

NEW LOOK DEFINES NEW ATTITUDE FOR WPS RACING The all-new Fish Liquor livery was unveiled today on the number 48 WPS Racing V8 Supercar during the opening two-hour practice session at Queensland Raceway. On the instruction by team owner Craig...

NEW LOOK DEFINES NEW ATTITUDE FOR WPS RACING

The all-new Fish Liquor livery was unveiled today on the number 48 WPS Racing V8 Supercar during the opening two-hour practice session at Queensland Raceway.

On the instruction by team owner Craig Gore that the changes will also spell a rejuvenated approach by the team, drivers David Besnard and Craig Baird will aim to deliver during tomorrow's qualifying session.

The 'new look-new attitude' directive saw Besnard upbeat about his chances of success despite being forced to quit after just 22 laps.

"We had a slight mechanical problem that isn't of major concern and the boys have done a great job in implementing some changes after last weeks test day," said Besnard.

"Conservatively I'd say the car's still got a good three or four tenths in it and that's definitely a positive considering we're running on our home track where we've got access to plenty of data.

"When forced to quit we were carrying a fair bit of fuel and running on reasonable tyres so there will be improvement.

"Hopefully we can set ourselves up well during qualifying then put things together on Sunday."

Birthday boy Craig Baird completed 40 laps and although he finished down on the time sheets, the New Zealander remained optimistic towards the task ahead.

"Again it was a case of working on some of the ideas from last week's test day and although we didn't come up trumps today, we've got qualifying to make amends.

"We tried a few different things and thought we could generate more speed.

"But obviously we'll need to have a rethink overnight to make sure we have a competitive package come Sunday.

"With the 300 kilometre race format this weekend, there's going to be a number of other variables that come into play.

"So if we get those things right and make some appropriate changes there's no reason we can't come away from this event with some positives."

For their part, the nuts and bolts of the WPS Racing operation set about ensuring their compulsory fuel and tyre stops would run smoothly on Sunday.

The entire crew coordinating a tidy one-hour practice session late this afternoon.

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Craig Baird