After much head scratching and wondering why those dammned French are so fast, the WSR Racing squad think they may have struck upon something ahead of this weekend's race action in the A1 Grand Prix series in Dubai.

WSR, famed in British F3 championship history for their accomplishments, made a comeback to the single-seater arena this year by running the New Zealand entry in the World Cup of Motorsport.

Whilst their season started in superb form with a front row start and a podium at Brands Hatch, drivers Matt Halliday and Jonny Reid have struggled to match that initial pace.

If there's one track where WSR, as opposed to its drivers, could have something of an advantage, however, it's Dubai - after all, they designed the circuit layout.

Whilst that may be the case, however, WSR boss Dick Bennetts doesn't reckon circuit knowledge is the be-all-and-end-all.

"The driver still has to learn the track and it's quite a technical circuit, with a number of optional lines heading into the corners," Bennetts said, "Factor in 23 other cars, car set-up, tyre maintenance, weather conditions and other variables and any advantage we may have is quickly pegged back."

Bennetts also says the New Zealand team has gone back over all the set-up data collected over the first five rounds and will try and minimise the amount of tweaking in set-up 'to keep the car as soft as possible'.

Heat in Dubai is likely to be crucial factor with temperatures in the 30 degree Celcius range. This is an area where the squad reckons tyre management could provide an advantage.

"We're evaluating our use of tyre warmers because the hotter the tyres get, the quicker they harden and lose grip. We may also cut down on wear by limiting the number of laps we do," explained Bennetts.

 

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