Sandown: WPS Racing Friday report

NEW TEAM AUSTRALIA LIVERY FOR WPS RACING Another distinctive dimension to Team Australia's involvement in this year's V8 Supercar endurance series was unveiled at Sandown Raceway today, with the team's traditional green and gold livery...

NEW TEAM AUSTRALIA LIVERY FOR WPS RACING

Another distinctive dimension to Team Australia's involvement in this year's V8 Supercar endurance series was unveiled at Sandown Raceway today, with the team's traditional green and gold livery displayed on the #8 WPS Racing Falcon.

The impressive colour scheme captures the essence of National pride for which the Team Australia Champ Cars have developed internationally in competition.

That trademark will be further highlighted during next month's Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast.

But for now the focus for drivers Marcus Marshall and Alex Tagliani has been the Betta Electrical Sandown 500, where the regular team mates came away from their first joint effort in V8 Supercars pleased with the effort.

In particular the performance of debutant Alex Tagliani was of notable significance.

The Canadian driver surprised many during his opening stint of the first two hour practice session. He then went on to record the quickest time for the day in the Team Australia #8 entry on his 14th and final lap of the closing 30 minute afternoon session.

"I'm feeling very pleased after today's sessions. It's been a long week leading up to this and I was really amazed by how comfortable I felt in the car," said Tagliani.

"I got my first look at the track yesterday and after today I think I've got a good measure of everything.

I'm sure with a few more laps I can improve and I'm really looking forward to the rest of the weekend.

The #48 Wright Patton Shakespeare supported entry also finished strongly as David Besnard piloted the car into a respectable top 20 position on his 41st and final lap of the initial two hour session.

The joint efforts of Besnard and regular WPS Racing team mate Craig Baird are expected to net huge dividends for the team during the endurance campaign and both are quietly confident of delivering the desired results.

"There's still a lot of racing this weekend and it's been quite a good lead up to this particular race for both of us," said Besnard.

"As a driver there's always a lot more intensity surrounding these endurance events and both Bairdo and I realise we'll need to be on our game come race day.

"We're easing into this and will give it a good shot during qualifying tomorrow and then aim up to do well for each other on Sunday."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Alex Tagliani , David Besnard , Marcus Marshall , Craig Baird