Eastern Creek: WPS Racing Saturday report

WPS RACING TO SIZE UP SET-UP IN SYDNEY WPS Racing drivers David Besnard and Craig Baird will be counting on some overnight ingenuity from their crew in the pursuit for more speed at Eastern Creek during round four of the V8 Supercar...

WPS RACING TO SIZE UP SET-UP IN SYDNEY

WPS Racing drivers David Besnard and Craig Baird will be counting on some overnight ingenuity from their crew in the pursuit for more speed at Eastern Creek during round four of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

Tomorrow's assignment will be a challenging task for them to wrestle their way into a competitive position and make a considerable impact after finishing down in the pack during today's qualifying session.

With a race program of 2x36 lap features and vital Championship points up for grabs, there's a strong resolve to direct the team's attention to a suitable race set-up to give their drivers the best possible chance of success.

"I found we encountered a lot of understeer during this morning's practice session and this also affected our cornering speed so we were pretty much up against it all day," said Besnard.

"Of course no one's happy to be where we're at, but we remain optimistic so we'll just plod away and work on a few ideas overnight to see what we can come up with.

"In the past we've had to slug it out and managed to come up with the goods but tomorrow will be a good test of character for the entire team."

Baird too has faith that preliminary post qualifying discussions among the crew will net some notable gains prior to start time tomorrow morning.

Perseverance and patience will remain a key variable in setting a positive platform from which to direct an attacking race strategy.

"There's no doubt among any of us that the cars can and will improve to give us a decent crack at race one," said Baird.

"In a nutshell we need to go faster and for whatever reason we just haven't got the mix right at this stage.

"But our guys managed to elevate Bezzie (Besnard) into a good position last year so we have the necessary data available and that will prove crucial as we strive to muscle our way through the field."

In a further blow for Besnard, he was pushed to the very rear of the grid after missing a weigh-in session during qualifying.

Fellow Queensland driver Craig Lowndes will share the front row of the grid for tomorrow's opening race with Mark Skaife, reigning champion and series leader Marcos Ambrose finished third in the top ten shootout followed by Steven Richards and Garth Tander.

-wps-

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Garth Tander , Marcos Ambrose , Craig Baird , Craig Lowndes