Barbagallo: WPS Racing Saturday report

WPS RACING RECOVERY IN PERTH A level headed approach during the first of three V8 Supercar races at Barbagallo Raceway, has ensured optimism towards better times ahead in Perth for the WPS Racing team. Starting from near the rear of the grid,...

WPS RACING RECOVERY IN PERTH

A level headed approach during the first of three V8 Supercar races at Barbagallo Raceway, has ensured optimism towards better times ahead in Perth for the WPS Racing team.

Starting from near the rear of the grid, courtesy of a less than favourable qualifying session, both David Besnard and Craig Baird knuckled down to the arduous task ahead of them and were able to stay out of trouble and claim a swag of scalps.

With just one lap remaining Besnard had manoeuvred his Wright Patton Shakespeare Falcon up 11 positions during the 120-kilometre journey and holding down 15th position.

But some erratic driving in front during the concluding stages had the WPS Racing hard charger resigning two spots by the chequered flag.

"Up until the final lap I'd kept my nose clean and chip away at the guys in front and was confident of a hassle free run to the finish," said Besnard.

"Two cars came together as they tried to make a final charge on the last lap and unfortunately I just couldn't clear them in time.

"We knew there was a big job ahead of us after qualifying and the way things panned out it leaves us in a positive mood towards tomorrow."

Likewise determination was witnessed by Baird's approach to the 50 lap assignment as he made up 11 positions to finish 19th.

While understandably happy with the outcome the Gold Coast based Kiwi realises the job's far from over.

He's looking forward to continuing the positive momentum and making a genuine charge on the leading pack.

"The car was running well and considering where we came from the overall result is pleasing," said Baird.

"It's the same old story where you have to try and wind your way through traffic and be patient awaiting the opportunities.

"But we're now starting from within the top 20 which was where I wanted to be and like we saw today anything can happen come race time."

Again it was a drama charged first event that saw reigning champion Marcos Ambrose leading for the majority, only to relinquish top spot to Mark Skaife over the concluding stages.

Steven Richards, Russell Ingall and Greg Murphy completed the top five in a race that again saw numerous safety car periods.

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Marcos Ambrose , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Craig Baird , Steven Richards