Shanghai: WPS Racing Sunday report

WPS RACING STRUGGLES IN CHINA Big trouble in little China! That about sums up the overall result for WPS Racing in the fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Shanghai International Circuit in China today. While the ...

WPS RACING STRUGGLES IN CHINA

Big trouble in little China!

That about sums up the overall result for WPS Racing in the fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Shanghai International Circuit in China today.

While the inaugural Chinese V8 Supercar event was an outstanding success, WPS Racing's Craig Baird and David Besnard struggled at the world's premier motorsport facility.

The weekend was eventually won by Todd Kelly from Steve Richards and Paul Radisich.

RACE 2 -- 30 Laps

Baird made a reasonable start and jumped from 24th to 20th on the opening lap. He then made up another four spots on lap two. He than battled a broken splitter and eventually nursed an overheating car to 19th.

Besnard also made a solid start and had made up six spot before the end of the second lap. He was then forced into the pits with a broken splitter and had his front bumper replaced. He later developed engine problems which proved to be terminal on lap 21.

RACE 3 -- 30 Laps

Besnard made the grid with only seconds to spare after his team did a fantastic job to change engines between races. He then had a cracker start and had made up several places before he was forced to avoid a mid-corner accident on the opening lap. Soon after he was hit heavily from behind, which forced his car to retire four laps later. The incident not only forced his third DNF for the weekend, but also strained his neck muscles. Baird was consistent through the race despite running out of rear tyres and eventually went on to finish a respectable 16th.

The next round of the championship will be held at Hidden Valley in Darwin on July 1-3.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--..

CRAIG GORE -- TEAM OWNER

"Unfortunately the WPS Racing team's performance did not match the overall inaugural event in China which was outstanding," said Gore.

"Craig (Baird) battled away and Bezzy (Besnard) was like a magnet for everyone around him.

"We simply have to work harder and assess all the areas in an effort to become more competitive in this field.

"The promoters would have to be delighted with the crowds over the last couple of days and I think we are leaving China with a whole new fan base.

"I hear the TV images back to Australia were outstanding and the whole thing overall was a great promotion for our sport and the city of Shanghai.

"I look forward to WPS Racing coming back here next year and being in a position to challenge for some decent championship points."

CRAIG BAIRD

"We got some points today, but not enough," said Baird.

"We did not have to change an engine overnight as originally expected after overheating dramas yesterday, but then a broken splitter caused us more havoc in this morning's race.

"We battled a little with tyres in the final race and brought it home in 16th."

DAVID BESNARD

"I just want to go home," said Besnard

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Baird , Paul Radisich , Todd Kelly