Noske Makes Most of Late Entry WPS Racing's Mark Noske made the most of his last minute inclusion into the field for the fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Barbagallo Raceway on the outskirts of Perth today. At the...
Noske Makes Most of Late Entry
WPS Racing's Mark Noske made the most of his last minute inclusion into the field for the fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Barbagallo Raceway on the outskirts of Perth today.
At the completion of the three-race round Noske emerged in 20th position in what was just his second race meeting of the year.
He only earned entry to the race last week as the round was restricted to the top 32 drivers in the championship series.
Going into Perth Noske was 33rd on the table due to the fact he only made his season debut in the fourth round in Darwin last month.
However, the withdrawal of one driver allowed Noske to be included in the Perth round and he made the most of the opportunity.
"It was nice to get out there and get some track time," said Noske.
He finished 25th in the final race but, despite going into the round with an admittedly under-strength car, consistent results across the weekend saw him scrape into the top 20 on accumulated points.
"I was driving the car to its limits so I guess it was a satisfying result," said Noske.
"We are still working on the overall chassis and engine package so the weekend was about finishing the races, collecting data from the car and learning how to move forward.
"Overall it was a very tough weekend but at the same time it is pleasing to finish with some points."
It wasn't such a good weekend for WPS Racing team mate David Besnard, who finished the round in 30th position due to no finishes in the first two races.
He put in a better showing in the third race the round on Sunday afternoon to place 22nd after being 18th just half a dozen laps from the finish.
Besnard had been in a dogfight all afternoon with three other drivers and managed to defend his position until going too deep into a turn and running off the track.
"A few of those guys then snuck through so that was a little disappointing," said Besnard.
"But overall the car has come a long way ... we changed a few things in the front end and now it's nicer to drive.
"We are now on top of things so I'm confident we will stop going backwards and start building some forward momentum."
Team owner Craig Gore said there were some exciting lessons learned about the two cars and he was confident of more a more forward showing in the next round.
"We are using this year to learn about our cars and we should start getting better from here on in," said Gore.
"Our improvement might not be evident in our results on track, but it is definitely noticeable in our data and in the driver feedback."
Earlier in the day, Noske put in a determined effort to finish the second race in 18th position.
He started the race from 22nd on the grid and engaged in several tight battles throughout the 42-lap morning race.
Besnard, who started from 27th position after a crash in the previous day's race, also showed some good early form in race two before being forced to retire at the halfway point with a punctured radiator.
The incident happened after he ventured off the track and into a slight ditch. He quickly found his way back on to the track but immediately lost coolant pressure and headed straight into the pits to park his car for the balance of the race.
The retirement saw him register his second DNF of the three-race weekend.
Besnard, driving WPS Racing's Car 23, only made it to the track on Sunday after his team worked throughout the night to repair extensive damage from Saturday's first race.
The right front side of his car was destroyed following a late race incident where the damaged car of Paul Dumbrell strayed into Besnard's driving line.
Besnard was traveling in excess of 200kmh when he struck Dumbrell's car. The crash forced him out of the race just shy of completing lap 41 of the 42-lap charge.
WPS Racing mechanics worked until 2am to repair the damage in time for the two-race Sunday program.