Shanghai: WPS Racing Saturday report

WPS CREW FACE LATE NIGHT Wright Patton Shakespeare Racing looked set for a late night after the opening race of round five of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Shanghai International Circuit in China today. The WPS crew was almost ...

WPS CREW FACE LATE NIGHT

Wright Patton Shakespeare Racing looked set for a late night after the opening race of round five of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Shanghai International Circuit in China today.

The WPS crew was almost certain to do an overnight engine change on Craig Baird's machine after it faced major overheating problems for the majority of today's opening 22-lap race.

Baird, who qualified 25th, was forced to change race strategy when the temperature started to rise after only five laps and pitted early so the team could check things like blocked air ducts which could have caused the drama.

Baird battled on to eventually finish 24th and on the lead lap.

While things were ordinary for Baird, they were worse for his team mate David Besnard, who was like a magnet for opposition drivers early in the race.

Besnard got hit twice by half race distance and eventually retired on lap 12.

WHAY THEY HAD TO SAY--..

CRAIG GORE -- TEAM OWNER

"What do you say about that?," said Gore.

"We had a plan just to keep our cars out there and secure some reasonable points, but things did not go our way.

"I know there are plenty of superstitions about lucky and unlucky numbers in China. "They tell me that the number eight is the luckiest number. We have car number eight and number 48, so I guess they will have to go back to the drawing board on that one."

CRAIG BAIRD

"I have had better days," said Baird.

"Once the temperature started to rise that was it.

"We continued to roll around, but we really had to try and look after engine or we would not have scored any points at all."

DAVID BESNARD

"I got punted from behind on the first lap, but we managed to escape that," said Besnard.

"Then I was coming out of the chicane and someone tried to pass me around the outside. I don't know what they were thinking.

"I just can't tell you how frustrating this is. Shanghai is a long way to come for a result like this. I guess we will just re-group and give it a decent crack tomorrow."

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Craig Baird