Albert Park: WPS Racing Thursday report

FOUR DAY GP TEST BEGINS FOR WPS RACING WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson began their campaign at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne with some promising signs today. Following a successful finish in the championship...

FOUR DAY GP TEST BEGINS FOR WPS RACING

WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson began their campaign at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne with some promising signs today.

Following a successful finish in the championship opener in Adelaide where Wilson finished eighth and Bargwanna 11th in the final race the team is confident of continuing their strong showing at this weekend's non-championship shootout.

During today's opening day of competition Bargwanna led the charge for the team to qualify in 16th position, less than four-tenths of second outside the top ten. Wilson will begin tomorrow's opening 10-lap race around the 5.303km circuit one row further back in 18th.

There will be three V8 Supercar races at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix with the first 10-lap journey beginning tomorrow afternoon at 3:30pm.

Todd Kelly set the fastest qualifying time today ahead of Jamie Whincup and Rick Kelly.

WHAT THE TEAM HAD TO SAY---- Mark Larkham -- WPS Racing Team Principal
"With this weekend not being a round of the championship it provides the team with an opportunity to further tune the chassis and use the track time to extract some more speed out of the WPS Racing Falcons," said Larkham.

"With very little testing prior to last weekend the engineering team is still getting to know a lot of about the characteristics of the cars and they have a test schedule they will be working through over the weekend to develop an optimum set up.

"Today was reasonably pleasing with both cars showing some pleasing speed. For us this weekend is more about learning more about the cars and the team working together to provide the drivers with a pair of competitive cars for the championship"

Jason Bargwanna -- Driver #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"Overall it wasn't a bad day at the office. We're only a couple of tenths outside the top ten and there is still a fair bit of improvement to be found under braking, an area is vital to achieve a good time around this circuit," said Bargwanna.

"We'll look over the data tonight and make some changes to the setup which will hopefully help settle the car under brakes for tomorrow's opening race.

"We came out of Adelaide with very little damage and the guys have done a great job to prepare the WPS Racing Falcon for this weekend. Hopefully I can reward them with another good result."

Max Wilson -- Driver #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"I'm continually getting a grip on the car and today was a time to try a couple of things with our set up, some worked and some didn't," said Wilson.

"We don't get much time to change things during the session so tonight we'll dissect the data and work towards improving the set up for tomorrow's race.

"I'm jelling well with my engineer and the team, hopefully this weekend will provide us with a lot of valuable data to put us in a good position for the next round in the championship in New Zealand."

-WPS Racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Rick Kelly , Mark Larkham , Jason Bargwanna , Jamie Whincup , Todd Kelly