Hidden Valley: WPS Racing Sunday report

WPS RACING CHIPS AWAY IN DARWIN Improving consistency is a variable slowly being carved into the make-up of the WPS Racing team as they turned in a gutsy performance to wrap up proceedings during Round 6 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at...

WPS RACING CHIPS AWAY IN DARWIN

Improving consistency is a variable slowly being carved into the make-up of the WPS Racing team as they turned in a gutsy performance to wrap up proceedings during Round 6 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway.

Drivers Craig Baird and David Besnard each managed a smile after finishing the three-race format well above their qualifying positions.

As a team the general post-event wash-up suggested added confidence as they now shape up for a home State assault at Queensland Raceway on July 22-24.

For the third event in succession Baird displayed typical fighting spirit, jumping up the time sheets to finish 23rd overall following today's double-header of 48-lap assignments.

"We'd put ourselves into the top 20 by the end of today's first race and with a similar approach in the final managed to stay out of trouble," said Baird.

"There's no doubt the car was getting quicker and quicker as the day rolled on and to finish where we did is a credit to the WPS Racing team.

"I wasn't entirely happy after the first race because I felt we could have done better.

"But in hindsight the major positive to come out of this event is that we can go home to Queensland knowing we've got a competitive car.

"The car was getting quicker and quicker by the end of race three.

Besnard's resolve to complete more laps in Darwin after yesterday's mechanical problems reaped an almost unblemished Sunday of racing.

While well down on the points score, there was enough taken from the outing to have everyone upbeat, as WPS Racing turns its attention to Willowbank where both its drivers have savoured some positive outcomes.

"These are baby steps that we're making in the team and while we take the little things away from each event we're a little closer to getting some results," said Besnard.

"We've had our fair share of heartbreak but have been able to put together some good laps today.

"We'll take a look at the data and work on a few things over the next few weeks.

"With the luxury of a test day before Queensland there's bound to be some greater improvements made so we'll stay positive and see how it pans out."

Round 6 of the V8 Supercars marked a total domination by Holden as the Kelly brothers Todd and Rick filled first and third places while Garth Tander completed the podium in second position.

Ford's Marcos Ambrose maintains his lead in the Championship with Steve Richards jumping in ahead of Russell Ingall following today's results.

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Garth Tander , Marcos Ambrose , Russell Ingall , Craig Baird , Steve Richards