Queensland: WPS Racing Saturday report

WPS RACING BOUYED BY BESNARD BEST A season high qualifying position for WPS Racing's David Besnard has the team in high spirits, as he pushed the Fish Liquor backed number 48 entry into 18th, during round seven of the V8 Supercar Championship...

WPS RACING BOUYED BY BESNARD BEST

A season high qualifying position for WPS Racing's David Besnard has the team in high spirits, as he pushed the Fish Liquor backed number 48 entry into 18th, during round seven of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Ipswich's Queensland Raceway.

While set up adjustments have proven right for Besnard, team-mate Craig Baird will welcome a return to a proven race package for tomorrow's 90 lap feature.

In a disrupted 20-minute qualifying period that saw the appearance of the red flag marshals on two occasions, Besnard played a patient hand unloading an event high 1:10.9924 lap time over the 3.12 kilometre circuit to temporarily slot into the top five.

Such was the intensity of Besnard's closing two laps of the 14-lap session, he'll approach tomorrow's one-off race in a positive frame of mind.

"That was a steady run and we set out to complete a risk free session so we'll look to tomorrow knowing we've got something to work with that will challenge the guys in front of us," said Besnard.

"It'll be a nice change to be pushing the lead pack early on rather than trying to muscle up from the rear.

"We're really not that far away from the top ten and with points at a premium in the one-off race we can make a good go of it this weekend.

"I'm sure with another lap or two in qualifying we could have been even higher up on the timesheets, but I'm happy and we'll now set ourselves to go racing."

Baird's session was also cut short by the red flag interruptions, which allowed the Wright Patton Shakespeare supported number eight to complete just 11 laps.

The opening two days of the Queensland 300 have seen the WPS Racing crew modify various components of Baird's car with experimental set-up changes proving ineffective.

But with everything on the line, a widely accepted set up will ensure the most competitive package with which to mastermind tomorrow's assault.

"We've been consistently on the improve during the last few rounds but after testing last week the data suggested a number of changes could make an even bigger difference," said Baird.

"The few things we've tried haven't come off but there are some variables that we'll take on board and look to incorporate in the long term.

"There's just too much at stake to jeopardise a strong performance with an unproven set-up.

"So we'll go back to what we know and look to take up where we left off in Darwin and get into some competitive form."

Once again the WPS Racing crew showed they're intent on providing the best support for their drivers in tomorrow's 90-lap event, putting in another strong hour-long pit and fuel stop practice session.

Successful stops will be imperative if the team is to narrow down the advantage mastered by today's top qualifiers.

For the fifth successive time at Queensland Raceway, Ford's Marcos Ambrose will fill pole position with Garth Tander completing the front row.

Ambrose's team mate Russell Ingall will slot in behind alongside long-time sparring partner Mark Skaife while Todd Kelly completes the top five.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Marcos Ambrose , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Craig Baird