Sandown: WPS Racing Saturday report

WPS RACING SHAPES UP FOR SANDOWN SHOWDOWN Tomorrow's feature event should provide the desired outcome for the WPS Racing V8 Supercar team gauging by the immediate feedback from today's 30 minute qualifying session of the Betta Electrical...

WPS RACING SHAPES UP FOR SANDOWN SHOWDOWN

Tomorrow's feature event should provide the desired outcome for the WPS Racing V8 Supercar team gauging by the immediate feedback from today's 30 minute qualifying session of the Betta Electrical Sandown 500.

Never prepared to overstate their overall position in a strong 34 car field, David Besnard has declared the #48 Wright Patton Shakespeare supported entry as a genuine top 10 proposition.

The 28 year-old will be partnered by regular team mate Craig Baird and as a unit they'll be buoyed by some overnight adjustments to the car.

"We're in there with a good show despite a less than impressive qualifying position," said Besnard.

"There are a few vital things that we didn't have set up right, but come race time we'll have it all sorted out.

"We're starting back in the field but this is a long race and I think Bairdo and I will be able to fight our way through to a competitive position."

WPS Racing's Team Australia entry is positioned directly behind Besnard on the start grid with Marcus Marshall the designated lead driver.

He shared today's qualifying period with rookie Canadian Alex Tagliani and each proved they'll be on the pace and ready to show their racing wares come tomorrow.

Marshall clocked up the bulk of the 19 laps completed as Tagliani turned in a few flying laps over the concluding stages.

"The more time each of us spends behind the wheel the better we are adjusting to the whole set up of the car," said Marshall.

"Today we were within a tenth of each other during qualifying and if we can maintain that in racing we'll be ok.

"The team's put together a good race package and there'll only be minor changes overnight."

During tomorrow's 500 kilometre journey the minimum requirement for co-drivers will be 54 of the total 161 laps.

Tagliani, who'll make his greatly anticipated V8 Supercar debut, is looking forward to his first racing stint behind the wheel and has made remarkable progress during a fast tracked six week introduction.

"All I wanted to do today was continue to develop a feel for the car and put together a couple of good laps," said Tagliani.

"WPS Racing is a growing team and I've always been intrigued by the power of V8 Supercars, so I feel very fortunate to be driving here.

"Marcus will start us off tomorrow and he has a lot of experience in long distance races which will be valuable to us.

"We'll just stay out of trouble, make the right strategy calls and see how things work out."

Ford's Marcos Ambrose set the quickest time in qualifying and following the Top 10 Shootout, Holden's Garth Tander will share the front row of the grid with Ford's Craig Lowndes.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Alex Tagliani , David Besnard , Garth Tander , Marcos Ambrose , Marcus Marshall