Oran Park: WPS Racing Saturday report

TEST OF CHARACTER FOR WPS RACING A test of character has presented itself for the WPS Racing team who plan to fight their way from the rear of the field and graft a positive outcome from tomorrow's V8 Supercar event at Sydney's Oran Park ...

TEST OF CHARACTER FOR WPS RACING

A test of character has presented itself for the WPS Racing team who plan to fight their way from the rear of the field and graft a positive outcome from tomorrow's V8 Supercar event at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway.

David Besnard driving the #48 Fish Liquor supported entry showed in today's practice and qualifying sessions his overall race-pace should be enough to elevate him much higher than his 25th qualifying position.

A patient and strategic approach to the Oran Park assignment saw the Gold Coast based driver remain solid throughout the early stages of this morning's two-hour practice session.

Some gains were forthcoming in qualifying, but not enough to secure a more desirable starting position for tomorrow's first of two 54-lap features.

"We have the set up near perfect which is a major positive but realise it's a process to bring all the variables into play," said Besnard.

"We're continuing to maintain a realistic outlook and like we've shown before we can put it together when it counts.

"Last round in Queensland was a confidence booster for the team and with Oran Park one of my favourite tracks I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead."

Team mate Craig Baird understands the situation he faces after his #8 WPS Racing Falcon suffered an oil leak during the concluding stages of this afternoon's 20 minute qualifier.

It'll be a case of digging deep and persevering as he looks to snake his way through the field while doing his utmost to keep out of harms way.

"It's a tough proposition starting from the back but it's also a task that can be overcome with a sensible approach," said Baird.

"We won't be going out there doing anything stupid.

"It'll just be a matter of staying out of trouble and being ready to pounce when the other drivers slip up.

"There's a lot of racing ahead of us and it's been proven time and time again in this series that anything's possible."

Ford's Marcos Ambrose will start from pole position tomorrow, sharing the front row with Holden's Rick Kelly.

Mark Skaife, Craig Lowndes and Russell Ingall complete the top five.

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Marcos Ambrose , Russell Ingall , Rick Kelly , Mark Skaife , Craig Baird , Craig Lowndes