Bahrain: WPS Racing Friday report

BARGWANNA SHOWS GOOD SPEED DURING BAHRAIN OPENER WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna showed some impressive speed during the historic opening race of the Desert 400, Round 12 of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship, at the Bahrain International Circuit ...

BARGWANNA SHOWS GOOD SPEED DURING BAHRAIN OPENER

WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna showed some impressive speed during the historic opening race of the Desert 400, Round 12 of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship, at the Bahrain International Circuit today.

After qualifying in 16th position Bargwanna maintained his position during the early running while his WPS Racing team-mate MaxWilson ran several positions further back.

Following another pair of impressive pit stops by the WPS crew on lap 13 and 14 respectively, Bargwanna and Wilson were able to gain a couple of positions when they returned to the circuit.

Unfortunately for Bargwanna an incident involving Stephen Johnson undid a lot of this work when he spun and dropped to 22nd position. However the experienced campaigner showed some impressive pace over the remaining laps in the 27-lap journey to charge back and finish inside the top 15.

Wilson had an event-free race to move up five positions from his qualifying spot and cross the line 17th.

Jason Bright crossed the line first ahead of polesitter Garth Tander and Todd Kelly.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--..

Jason Bargwanna - #10 WPS Racing Falcon

"Life was made harder than it should have been in qualifying. We had a car fast enough to be at least another five spots higher up but got baulked on my final lap when Paul Morris slowed right in front of me," said Bargwanna.

"We had some good race pace and the guys completed a superb pit stop which should have been rewarded with a finish around the top ten. Unfortunately the incident with Johnson put an end to any chance of that.

"We'll fight back tomorrow and hopefully make up some more spots and close in on the top ten."

Max Wilson - #8 WPS Racing Falcon

"I was still looking for good balance during qualifying and as a consequence started further back in the pack," said Wilson.

"We are continually getting the car better and I kept out of trouble during the race to move up and finish just outside the top 15.

"If we get the car a little bit more stable under braking and find a little bit more grip I'm confident we'll be ok."

Mark Larkham -- Team Principal

"The guys in the crew have to be commended for their pit stops during today's race, they were very impressive and provided both drivers an opportunity to move up a couple of spots," said Larkham.

"The incident in qualifying was unfortunate for Bargs as he had a car that was capable of being in the back end of the top ten. However, he put that behind him to show some good speed in the race which yielded a decent result.

"We're still searching for the right balance in the #8 WPS Racing Falcon but we've made some good inroads and will hopefully move further up the order tomorrow."

-credit: wps racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Jason Bright , Mark Larkham , Jason Bargwanna , Paul Morris , Todd Kelly