Bathurst: WPS Racing Friday report

ELEMENTS WORK AGAINST WPS RACING AT BATHURST Untimely rain periods during today's combined qualifying session of the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst have forced the WPS Racing V8 Supercar team to form a position within the middle of the start...

ELEMENTS WORK AGAINST WPS RACING AT BATHURST

Untimely rain periods during today's combined qualifying session of the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst have forced the WPS Racing V8 Supercar team to form a position within the middle of the start grid for Sundays feature event.

The #48 WPS Racing entry driven by David Besnard and Craig Baird had shown in earlier practice that it has the potential to be a major player in this year's event by completing that session in thirteenth position.

Ironically it was the approaching poor weather that forced the hand of officials to have all 34 starters involved in the one qualifier.

From then on luck refused to smile on the WPS Racing team's Mount Panorama campaign as the heavens opened up.

At the very same time Besnard had been setting himself for a few flying laps during the last half hour of the session.

"It's very disappointing with the weather particularly as we hadn't yet showed our hand so far as putting together the sort of times the car is capable of," said Besnard.

"I place high expectations on myself and I know between Bairdo and I we have the formula to secure something special here this weekend.

"I know from the times set in qualifying we could have been higher up on the leaderboad, but that's racing.

"We're inside the top 20 with plenty of work ahead.

"But we've got 1000 kilometres to do it in so we'll just knuckle down to the job and see how things pan out.

It was a similar story for the Marcus Marshall/Alex Tagliani #8 Team Australia car after being excluded from the session due to missing the weigh-in scales entering pit lane.

The pair will have their work cut out for them starting from the rear of the grid but one major positive from today was the valuable time spent behind the wheel for both full-time champ car drivers.

"Prior to this morning's practice I had never raced on green tyres at Bathurst so it was good to gain a proper feel for how things will be on race day.

"We still have a few things to sort out with the car but Alex and I are on the same path with what we want and I'm sure we can turn things around.

Ford's Craig Lowndes took up where he left off yesterday by again registering the quickest lap of the day followed by Mark Skaife and Marcos Ambrose.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Alex Tagliani , David Besnard , Marcos Ambrose , Marcus Marshall , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes