Barbagallo: WPS Racing Sunday report

BARBAGALLO BEST FOR WPS RACING WPS Racing drivers David Besnard and Craig Baird have combined to secure the team's best ever result at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway and in the process put a positive spin on the 2005 direction of the ...

BARBAGALLO BEST FOR WPS RACING

WPS Racing drivers David Besnard and Craig Baird have combined to secure the team's best ever result at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway and in the process put a positive spin on the 2005 direction of the team.

Besnard's 16th position overall was assisted by a powerhouse 12th place performance in this morning's opening race and he followed this up with another determined display in the third and final 140-kilometre feature.

One of the more determining factors for Besnard was his ability to finish with a reasonably clean skin on the number 48 Wright Patton Shakespeare Falcon for the bulk of the weekend.

"For nearly the entire three days of racing we managed to stay clear of the bump and shuffle to show some glimpses of consistency," said Besnard.

"In the last race I'm sure we had the overall speed to have been able to finish higher up on the leader board but there were a few dramas on our compulsory pit stop.

"But that's racing and I was able to come away from the round with some decent points so all-in-all it wasn't a bad weekend.

"Craig (Baird) and I have both been able to leapfrog a few drivers in the Series with our points haul and from a team perspective we'll look to continue to move forward from here."

Similarly Baird showed he has what it takes to continue his climb up the leader board as he saved his best for last during a gutsy three-race effort in Perth.

Just like Besnard he was forced to fight hard from the rear of the field yesterday after qualifying and managed to hoist himself up into the top 16 by the end of race three.

"It was one of the toughest races to 16th I've ever steered and to have elevated ourselves from 30th in qualifying is a solid effort," said Baird.

"But personally I'm disappointed because I think we showed during all three races that we have the car speed that should see us further up in the field so we'll just need to maintain our focus towards better qualifying in the next round.

"From a team perspective it's our best result this season and I suppose even for me a best ever in Perth, so that should hold us well towards Eastern Creek in three weeks.

"We'll keep chipping away at the drivers ahead of us, continue to draw positives from each round and develop the car into a more competitive package."

In the final wash up it was Holden's Steven Richards collecting line honours for the weekend ahead of Stone Brothers Racing duo Russell Ingall and Marcos Ambrose.

Attention now turns to Sydney as round four of the V8 Supercar Series heads to Eastern Creek on May 27-29.

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Marcos Ambrose , Russell Ingall , Craig Baird , Steven Richards