Albert Park: WPS Racing Friday report

CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT BY WPS RACING WPS Racing continued to show its improvement with an impressive performance during the opening race at the non-championship round contested at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne today. After ...

CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT BY WPS RACING

WPS Racing continued to show its improvement with an impressive performance during the opening race at the non-championship round contested at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne today.

After starting behind each other in 16th and 18th, Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson shadowed each others every move during the opening few laps to move into 13th and 14th positions respectively.

Maintaining a consistent pace the WPS Racing Falcons were never separated throughout the journey, crossing line 12th and 13th. During the race both drivers posted lap times comparable to the top ten finishers providing them with even further confidence of moving closer to the front during tomorrow's race.

Today's race was won by pole-sitter Todd Kelly ahead of Mark Skaife and Jason Richards.

A further 19-lap race will be contested tomorrow with the final 10-lap sprint race to be held on Sunday morning.

WHAT THE TEAM HAD TO SAY--..

Mark Larkham -- WPS Racing Team Principal

"Today was another good solid day at the office by the team," said Larkham.

"Once again the drivers did a good job which enabled the engineers to gain some valuable data about the characteristics of the cars which will assist everyone to move forward in the championship throughout the year.

"We'll continue to use this weekend as an opportunity to test a variation in our set ups over the remaining two races."

Jason Bargwanna -- Driver #8 WPS Racing Falcon

"It took a little while for the tyres to come up to temperature which made the WPS Racing Falcon pretty difficult to drive during the early laps. We had some good straight line speed but couldn't get a good run onto the main straight early in the race," said Bargwanna.

"Once everything came up to a working temperature the car was quite settled and good to drive.

"We made some changes overnight which seemed to help a little bit today, we'll do the same thing tonight and use the remaining two races as test sessions to help us learn more about the car."

Max Wilson -- Driver #10 WPS Racing Falcon

"The overall set up of the WPS Racing Falcon is continually improving. We made some improvements in the set up which helped reduce understeer although we still have a slight problem with getting power down out of the turns.

"We'll be trying some different set ups for each race this weekend and continually working to improve the car.

"Overall I'm fairly pleased with how we progressed today, while the outright position isn't the main aim for the weekend it was good to move up some spots and I look forward to improve the car even more tomorrow."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Mark Larkham , Jason Bargwanna , Jason Richards , Todd Kelly