Surfers Paradise: WPS Racing Friday report

WORK TO DO FOR WPS AT INDY An over riding hunger for success following a season best performance at Bathurst a fortnight ago, has WPS Racing expecting much more of its drivers during this weekend's Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the Gold ...

WORK TO DO FOR WPS AT INDY

An over riding hunger for success following a season best performance at Bathurst a fortnight ago, has WPS Racing expecting much more of its drivers during this weekend's Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the Gold Coast.

Team owner Craig Gore refused to mince his words today after David Besnard and Craig Baird qualified 17th and 18th and will start alongside each other in tomorrow's opening 31-lap race.

"It was a disappointing day, we'd been shading around the top 10 since this morning and there's no doubt we should have been able stick there through qualifying," said Gore.

"Mine and the team's expectations were a lot higher than where we finished.

"We got stuck in traffic but then again so did everyone else. We're better than that.

"But we'll have a think about it overnight knowing we've got to knuckle down to be more competitive over the next couple of days."

Besnard is campaigning the #48 Team Australia entry on the streets of Surfers Paradise and having delivered a seventh placing in his one-off Champ Car drive last year, he's counting on similar patriotic support to will home this year in V8 Supercars.

"It had been a solid performance until we got to qualifying where we were probably fractionally off with the set up," declared Besnard.

"I'd said during this morning's practice that the car was strong straight off the truck so it's disappointing not to have delivered this afternoon.

"Immediately after the session we've been able to pinpoint the problem and I see no reason why we can't get back in the groove and deliver the goods."

The Wright Patton Shakespeare supported #8 car piloted by Baird had its share of problems, but the Kiwi driver is just as confident of getting things right by race time tomorrow.

"We had an issue with the throttle and that caused us some grief with our cornering speed but we'll fix that up and come out firing," said Baird.

"The downpour of rain meant we had a lot less activity on the track than we would have liked and that coupled with trying to sort things out with the car didn't allow us to get into a rhythm.

"Yet Bezzy and I are both in the top 20 so we'll just have to aim up, remain positive and count on getting things right tomorrow."

Greg Murphy will share the front row of the starting grid with Todd Kelly after they clocked the best two times in today' top ten shootout.

Mark Skaife made it a Holden trifecta with Marcos Ambrose the best of the Ford drivers and Steve Richards rounding out the top five.

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Marcos Ambrose , Greg Murphy , Mark Skaife , Craig Baird , Todd Kelly , Steve Richards