HARD TIMES IN DARWIN FOR WPS RACING WPS Racing's Craig Baird and David Besnard couldn't take a trick today during the opening race of Darwin's Skycity event at Hidden Valley Raceway. Despite positive signs during qualifying that had ...
HARD TIMES IN DARWIN FOR WPS RACING
WPS Racing's Craig Baird and David Besnard couldn't take a trick today during the opening race of Darwin's Skycity event at Hidden Valley Raceway.
Despite positive signs during qualifying that had both drivers believing they possessed the overall car speed to progress up the leader board, it all turned pear shaped during the 17-lap feature.
Starting from 18th Baird cut a dominant figure in the middle of the pack and had shot himself up to 13th on the timesheets by the end of another drama-charged opening lap.
But that advantage was quickly stolen away when the New Zealander received a mechanical black flag from officials as his rear bumper was left hanging loose.
"The first turn during that opening lap was always going to be dicey as drivers jostled for position, so we were intent on just keeping our nose clean," said Baird.
"I'm not sure what happened behind us but we've copped some damage so it's one of those things that you just don't have control over.
"The cars set-up was good for qualifying and I always believed it was a better race proposition.
"I've got no doubt that had we enjoyed better fortune things could have been a lot different.
"Once you're forced to pit during such a short race your chances and opportunities are limited.
"But we'll regroup and go around again tomorrow and just hope the cards fall our way for a change."
For Besnard it was a similar story of having very little control of the outcome after he had jumped seven positions during the first 2.9 kilometre lap of the Hidden Valley Raceway circuit.
Sitting comfortably in 25th position Besnard was forced to pull out of the race after completing just six laps.
"We looked at things after the race and found that the crank sensor was cracked right through," said Besnard.
"That's what controls spark to the engine so it's just one of those things where we've just got to grin and bear it.
"The most important thing is we know what the problem is so we'll fix it overnight and be back tomorrow ready to have another shot."