Surfers Paradise: WPS Racing race one report

OUTSTANDING INDY TOP 12 FOR WPS RACING Continuing on from an impressive Bathurst campaign, WPS Racing's Craig Baird and David Besnard secured the team's best individual race results for the season, clocking in 11th and 12th respectively during...

OUTSTANDING INDY TOP 12 FOR WPS RACING

Continuing on from an impressive Bathurst campaign, WPS Racing's Craig Baird and David Besnard secured the team's best individual race results for the season, clocking in 11th and 12th respectively during race one of the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the Gold Coast.

Piloting the #8 WPS Racing entry Baird shouldered the lead role as he and Besnard rocketed from the ninth row on the start grid.

Each driver mastered their way patiently through the field and will now fill the sixth row for tomorrow's first of two 23-lap features to complete the program.

"We had two reliable cars out there today and recorded an outstanding result," said WPS Racing team owner Craig Gore.

"The boys were out there racing hard and it was great to see Bairdo and Bezzy hanging tough all the way.

"We're in a great place to start tomorrow as we continue to peg back those in front of us."

Until today Baird's best individual race result had been recorded in his homeland of New Zealand where he claimed 12th position in race two.

Ironically his adopted Gold Coast base now holds that distinction, although the Kiwi driver isn't about to get too excited.

"We've still got a lot of racing to go so we're not going to get ahead of ourselves and make any big predictions on where we can go from here," commented Baird.

"The boys packaged together a good solid race car today and it provided us a sweet result

"I think we'll just be happy to stay out of trouble during the remaining couple of races and come home with a clean car

"That's an effort in itself on this circuit and there's a couple of guys who found that out the hard way today."

Besnard equaled his best individual race result, previously recorded in race two at Perth earlier in the season.

And with such a positive vibe filtering through the entire WPS Racing camp, both the Wright Patton Shakespeare and Team Australia supported entries are on track for their best Championship points haul of 2005 from the Gold Coast assault.

"We took our time early to get the brake bias right and get use to the set up adjustments that were made overnight," said Besnard.

"Overall we recorded the ninth quickest lap time in the field and we're just outside the top 10 so it's an excellent result for the efforts of what the team have been putting in for quite a while now

"We're chipping away, we did what we said we wanted to do in race one and are continuing to take those baby steps.

"It's all heading in the right direction."

Holden's Greg Murphy led from start to finish in today's 31-lap event followed by Ford's Craig Lowndes and Mark Sakife completed the minors.

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Greg Murphy , Craig Baird , Craig Lowndes