Bathurst: WPS Racing Saturday report

WPS RACING FINE TUNE FOR BATHURST ASSAULT The final preparations towards tomorrow's Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst has netted further indicators to what is shaping as a positive weekend for WPS Racing. A one hour practice session allowed...

WPS RACING FINE TUNE FOR BATHURST ASSAULT

The final preparations towards tomorrow's Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst has netted further indicators to what is shaping as a positive weekend for WPS Racing.

A one hour practice session allowed both the WPS Racing #48 car being steered by David Besnard and Craig Baird plus the Marcus Marshall/Alex Tagliani #8 Team Australia entry one last chance to fine tune before the most prestigious race on the Australian V8 Supercar calendar.

Mount Panorama has already provided an action packed opening three days of elite motor racing activity. Now for the WPS Racing/Team Australia drivers the opportunity awaits to create a most memorable experience in their motor racing careers.

"We've dotted the I's and crossed the T's and now we've got about six hours to make up 18 spots from our position on the start grid," said Besnard.

"Already my thoughts are fully on tomorrow's race and I'm sure among many of the drivers there'll be a few restless sleeps overnight.

"I owe a lot to WPS Racing team owner Craig Gore for the faith he's shown in me and I'm sure between Bairdo and I we can put things together and give it a real good shake."

Baird has a great deal of experience on his side and that will prove invaluable as he and Besnard pursue their lifelong ambition of conquering the mountain.

"I've been trying now for close to 15 years and although I've come close I'm yet to come home with the silverware," said Baird.

"I've said all along in the lead up to this race that we are as good a chance as any of the 34 starters and Bezzy and I are very comfortable with each others driving style.

"The entire team has really sparked to life towards this weekend and everyone realises what their role is.

"If we have a bit of luck go our way hopefully everything will fall into place."

The Marshall/Tagliani combination represents one of the most adventurous and progressive initiatives in International motorsports as a part of the soon to be launched Team Australia development program.

"It's an exciting time for everyone at Team Australia and there's no doubt that everyone involved in getting Marcus and I here at Bathurst needs to be thanked," said Tagliani.

"I've watched many videos of this race and know there's a lot that can happen once the starters flag goes down.

"We've got a lot of work to do but once we settle into things we can look to peg back the field and as long as we stay out of trouble we should be there at the end.

As Australia's first ever full-time driver in the Champ Car World Series it's an exciting time for Marshall as he counts down to the Gold Coast's Lexmark Indy 300 on October 20-23.

Never did he imagine the switch to the International open wheel series in 2005 would also see him lining up again in pursuit of Australian motorsports holy grail at Mount Panorama.

"What a month it's been after securing a good result at Sandown before heading back for a round of Champ Car in Las Vegas and now just hours away from another start at Bathurst," added Marshall.

"This place just has a special feel to it and like all the drivers I'm pumped up and can't wait for start time.

"Alex has been incredible in the way he's adjusted to V8 Supercars and between the two of us I'm sure we can come away with a result.

"Indy is just around the corner and it's be nice to secure a good result here and then back it up at home on the Gold Coast in my Australian Champ Car debut."

Following qualifying the WPS #48 Falcon will start from 19th position and the Team Australia #8 entry from the rear of the field.

Fellow Ford drivers Craig Lowndes and Marcos Ambrose will fill the front row of the grid following their performances in this afternoon's top ten shootout.

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