Barbagallo: WPS Racing preview

WPS RACING INGENUITY ON SHOW IN PERTH When Craig Baird's Wright Patton Shakespeare Racing Falcon is steered out of pit lane for Friday's V8 Supercar practice session at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth, it will mark an exemplary accomplishment by...

WPS RACING INGENUITY ON SHOW IN PERTH

When Craig Baird's Wright Patton Shakespeare Racing Falcon is steered out of pit lane for Friday's V8 Supercar practice session at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth, it will mark an exemplary accomplishment by the entire team following an incident charged New Zealand round three weeks ago.

It's been all hands on deck for the Gold Coast based operators who've shown steely determination in completely rebuilding Baird's car, after a high-speed altercation during the third and final race at Pukekohe.

The total overhaul has been undertaken as a necessary, yet expensive exercise where every individual has contributed substantially.

"To have the finished WPS Racing Falcon on the road and ready to race in Perth is a great accomplishment for everyone involved," said team owner Craig Gore.

"It really puts us in a positive frame of mind especially considering the tight timelines associated with getting both cars up and running.

"Craig's car was delayed in New Zealand until mid-week following Sunday's incident and because of the urgency we air freighted what was left of the vehicle to Melbourne.

"We then took delivery of the car at our Gold Coast base the following weekend, where we quickly stripped the car and then had the chassis totally rebuilt.

"This process took us through to last Tuesday night, giving us three days to totally reassemble and rewire the car ready for transport to Barbagallo.

"The WPS Racing team have shown what can be achieved with total solidarity and we now look to continue that process on-track this weekend."

The man boasting one of the biggest smiles in Perth is sure to be Baird, whose outlook will be dictated by some impressive early form during the last round.

Race two saw the New Zealander push hard to elevate himself from the back of the grid to a 12th place finish.

And when forced to surrender in the final race Baird had maintained a competitive position and was charging hard on his rivals, ready to make an impact among the top 10.

"Full credit to the guys for the time and effort they've put in to ensure we have a competitive race car and are ready for a tilt at top honours this weekend," said Baird.

"There's no doubt it was a disappointing way to finish what was shaping as a positive round in New Zealand, but we now look forward to capitalising on some of that speed.

"It's early in the season and we are still trying a few things but I'm sure we've started to turn the corner so success shouldn't be too far off.

Even greater news from the Wright Patton Shakespeare Racing camp is the belief they are finally putting together suitable race packages across the board.

That's instilled greater confidence in their overall ability to challenge for race honours in Perth.

But neither Besnard nor Baird is under any illusions of what it will take to master their way to the pointy end of the field this weekend.

"We are really starting to make some genuine gains so there's certainly a positive feel among the team leading into the Perth assignment," said Besnard.

"The Wright Patton Shakespeare BA Falcon was performing strongly but we were again stuck in the field and had to contend with all the dramas happening around us.

"If you want to have a genuine chance in these races you have to focus on a good qualifying position then consolidate when it counts out on the track.

"Barbagallo has been kind to me in the past where I managed a memorable podium finish in 2002.

"That was starting from the third row of the grid which gives an indication of what can be achieved from a strong qualifying position.

"Barbagallo is a fast circuit and I'm confident we're a real show of giving the front-runners a shake-up which would also get our season campaign on track."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Baird