Shanghai: WPS Racing Friday report

WPS BOSS PRAISES CHINA MOVE Wright Patton Shakespeare Racing owner Craig Gore as publicly praised the efforts of V8 Supercar bosses on the eve of the first ever V8 Supercar race at the magnificent Shanghai circuit in China. Gore, who ...

WPS BOSS PRAISES CHINA MOVE

Wright Patton Shakespeare Racing owner Craig Gore as publicly praised the efforts of V8 Supercar bosses on the eve of the first ever V8 Supercar race at the magnificent Shanghai circuit in China.

Gore, who established WPS Racing at the beginning of 2004 and who is now also a co-owner of a Champ Car team based in the US, said that this weekend's event in China would prove to be one of the "greatest things to happen to Australian motorsport".

Gore, a successful Queensland-based businessman, said that AVESCO chairman Tony Cochrane and his team should be applauded for having the vision of staging a V8 Supercar race in China and for managing the logistics needed to make it a reality.

The V8 Supercars were on track for the first time today when they took part in a two-hour practice session held in constantly changing weather conditions.

WPS drivers David Besnard and Craig Baird were 19th and 24th respectively in the 32-car field.

Qualifying will take place tomorrow morning and will be followed by a top 10 shootout and a 22-lap (100km) race.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--..

CRAIG GORE

"I think the fact that the V8 Supercars are here in Shanghai is one of the greatest things to happen to Australian motorsport," said Gore.

"You really have to take your hat off to (AVESCO Chairman) Tony Cochrane who made this a reality.

"There were people saying this would not happen up until our last round at Eastern Creek, so I guess now they can now eat their words.

"Yea, we should take our hats off, fill them with rocks and then throw them at all the doubters.

"This is an amazing achievement with so many logistical problems, but all the hard work has paid off.

"From a WPS perspective, we had a goal of being in the top 50 per cent today and we just missed that.

"I think we all certainly learnt a lot in changing weather conditions and should be in better shape tomorrow."

DAVID BESNARD

"This racing facility is amazing and it is fantastic to be here," said Besnard.

"It is always interesting to come to a new track, especially one of this standard.

"There was plenty of grip out there and we changed plenty of things during the two-hour session, but missed our goal.

"We should have been further up the time sheets at the end of the day.

"It would be great to get a full dry session tomorrow in qualifying to see if the moves we have made overnight have been in the right direction."

CRAIG BAIRD

"I think it would be safe to say that racing venues don't get any better than this," said Baird.

"You can only describe this place as amazing and I guess it is a testimony to the series that we are actually here this weekend.

"There is no doubt that we did not get a handle on things in the changing weather conditions in practice today, but I don't think that we were that far away.

"I think there will be an opportunity to get a decent bag of points this weekend if you are patient and have a half-reasonable set-up."

-wps-

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Craig Baird , Tony Cochrane