WPS Racing's Mark Noske and David Besnard both finished in the top 20 in a weekend full of promise and disappointment in the sixth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Ipswich today. Besnard finished the Ipswich 300 in 19th place and...
WPS Racing's Mark Noske and David Besnard both finished in the top 20 in a weekend full of promise and disappointment in the sixth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Ipswich today.
Besnard finished the Ipswich 300 in 19th place and Noske limped home in 20th to cap a big weekend both on and off the track for WPS Racing.
The two drivers, who started alongside each other in 20th and 21st position, managed to just avoid a four-car crash on the first lap, but Noske lost five positions trying to avoid the carnage.
He then went on a charge through the field and hit a race high 15th position before the field started to make their mandatory pit stops.
By the halfway mark in the 90-lap race he was in 17th position before being forced into the pits after dropping a cylinder.
The unscheduled stop saw him drift down the field and he was forced to complete the back half of the race with an under-strength car.
"The car was great and the balance was good but after dropping the cylinder I had to just circulate to the finish," said Noske.
"I definitely had a car that was capable of a top 10 finish so it's a bit disappointing.
"It was a result that got away from us.
"On the bright side, we are continuing to make progress with the car and the engine and we'll keep moving forward."
While Besnard finished one place in front of Noske, he had an extremely frustrating weekend.
"We have been on the back foot since Friday when we had the engine problems," said Besnard.
"Missing the two practice sessions hurt us and we never really recovered."
WPS Racing was forced to re-fit Besnard's car with an old engine on Saturday afternoon after the team experienced problems following the installation of a new engine this week.
"I know we have the right package but the result this weekend doesn't show it," lamented Besnard.
WPS Racing owner Craig Gore said engines were an obvious problem for the team and that would be dealt with ahead of the next round.
"Obviously we need to remedy that part of the package because the cars themselves are very good," said Gore.
"Our old engines aren't giving us the horsepower and reliability we need so that will be the focus of our work ahead of Winton.
"So overall it was a disappointing weekend as this was our home track and we wanted to do particularly well here."
The result leaves Besnard in equal 25th position on the championship ladder, while Noske, who missed the first three rounds of the series, is in 31st position.