WPS RACING PROGRESSION IN SYDNEY WPS Racing drivers Craig Baird and David Besnard toiled hard during today's 2x36 lap V8 Supercar feature event, both finishing the Eastern Creek round ahead of their initial qualifying positions. Baird in ...
WPS RACING PROGRESSION IN SYDNEY
WPS Racing drivers Craig Baird and David Besnard toiled hard during today's 2x36 lap V8 Supercar feature event, both finishing the Eastern Creek round ahead of their initial qualifying positions.
Baird in particular showed steely grit as he grafted his way into the top half of the field by the end of the days racing, giving the New Zealand driver an overall 15th placing.
Starting from 21st on the grid, Baird remained composed in his search for valuable Championship points and plucked away at the opposition, while keeping his car clean around the 3.93 kilometre circuit.
"We came here with the goal of finishing in the top 50 percent and we'll at least head to China taking some positives away from this race meeting," said Baird.
"There's still a few things we need to look at and put in place to ensure we're more competitive.
"But in saying that the Shanghai circuit is unchartered territory so we'll look forward to that challenge.
"I'm certain we could have finished with an even better result in race two but I was intent on keeping out of trouble and was probably a little tentative in challenging the guys in front.
It was a tough day at the office for Besnard as he battled successive race incidents in the feature events, but still managed to graft his way into 24th position by the end of race two.
Earlier, a coming together mid-way through race one shunted the WPS Racing number 48 Falcon back to the rear of the field after a solid start from that very same position.
That meant the Gold Coast driver had to repeat the performance to gain any solace in race two and he again delivered, managing to finish the day in 24th.
"There was just nothing going right for us this weekend with our qualifying result being excluded for a weigh-in infringement and then being shunted during race one," said Besnard.
"We had a rethink after race one and came out with a better package during the second but yet again we encountered dramas at the back of the pack.
"It's hard to muster some positives but I have to give the crew a big wrap for their resolve to improve our pit stops.
"I know they've been putting in the extra yards at practice and that really did show today."
It was a Ford one/two at Eastern Creek as Craig Lowndes finally put paid to the early season promise of his car to command a solid victory over Marcos Ambrose, while Greg Murphy slotted into third.
The V8 Championship now braces itself for an historic occasion as the Series heads to Shanghai for the first time on June 10-12.