Surfers Paradise: WPS Racing preview

WPS RACING'S BATHURST BUILDER FOR INDY SPECTACULAR There's never been a more perfect time for the WPS Racing outfit to reach out for greater honours in the Australian V8 Supercar Series. Following a scintillating season best performance ...

WPS RACING'S BATHURST BUILDER FOR INDY SPECTACULAR

There's never been a more perfect time for the WPS Racing outfit to reach out for greater honours in the Australian V8 Supercar Series.

Following a scintillating season best performance during Bathurst's Super Cheap Auto 1000 less than a fortnight ago, regular drivers David Besnard and Craig Baird will nestle back into the cut-throat Championship race this weekend, during the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the Gold Coast.

WPS Racing is owned by Gold Coast businessman Craig Gore and sits under the umbrella of Team Australia of which Gore is also a co-owner.

In the company of the genuinely local Champ Car World Series team at the Lexmark Indy 300 carnival, it's hoped that all the components are there for a WPS Racing/Team Australia double in the featured events.

"The whole Team Australia concept is a hugely positive thing for Australian motorsport at an International level," said Besnard

"Bairdo and I are very happy to be a part of the program racing under the WPS Racing banner and nothing would be more perfect than to register another strong result in our own backyard on the Gold Coast.

"It was such a proud moment for me last year racing Champ Car where I placed seventh in a one-off appearance in the open wheel category.

"But this year it's back to the bread and butter V8 Supercars and ofcourse I'm very excited to be going back to a place that provided the greatest moment in my racing career."

Besnard and Baird have gradually chipped away at gaining some consistency in the National series and after enduring slow starts to season 2005, both drivers have now wrestled their way to just outside the top 20 in the championship.

Each showed through their tireless deeds at Bathurst they have the driving credentials to be considered a chance at every race meeting they contest.

"In this game it's always easy for the knockers to kick you while you're down without realising what's happening in the greater scheme of things," said Baird.

"This is my first season at WPS Racing and only the team's second year of competition in the series and while the scorecard may not be flattering it's the small steps we're making now that are going to be of great benefit in the long run.

"There was a real positive vibe in the camp during the endurance campaign and that was shown through the overall results of both the WPS Racing and Team Australia cars at Sandown and Bathurst.

"The Surfers Paradise circuit is tight and makes for some very tough racing so that coupled with the whole atmosphere this event provides makes it one of the favourites for all the drivers in the Championship."

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Craig Baird