Bahrain: WPS Racing preview

ANOTHER OF THE WORLD'S BEST FOR WPS RACERS Throughout their respective careers WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson have both competed on a variety of the world's best circuits including Bathurst, Brands Hatch, Interlagos, Shanghai, Spa...

ANOTHER OF THE WORLD'S BEST FOR WPS RACERS

Throughout their respective careers WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson have both competed on a variety of the world's best circuits including Bathurst, Brands Hatch, Interlagos, Shanghai, Spa Francorchamps, Mangy-Cours, Silverstone, Hockenheim, Sau Paulo, Road America and the Nurburgring.

When the penultimate round of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship begins later this week the pair will add one of the world's newest and most impressive circuits to their resume, the Bahrain International Circuit.

The circuit is the most technologically advanced racing circuit in the World and first hosted a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2004.

While the V8 Supercars will be using a shortened 3.6km version of the full 5.4km layout it still poses as one of the toughest challenges to the teams in the 2006 championship.

"I can't wait to get out there and start the ball rolling," said Bargwanna.

"As a driver you always look forward to new challenges. I think this weekend will be good for us as everyone is on an even playing field with regards to data and information regarding the circuit, hopefully we can get on top of the set up early and be on the pace."

As an ex-Formula One test driver and Champ Car racer Wilson is no stranger to visiting circuits for the first time.

"Since I first started racing go-karts at 11 years-old I have always enjoyed the challenge presented by a new circuit," said Wilson.

"I've never been to Bahrain before and am really looking forward to it. I expect the track to be very good but also very technical and I have no doubt the facilities will be world-class.

"The most important thing for both me and the team is going to be our ability to get up to speed quickly and make sure we soak up all of the information we can during the practice session."

The Brazilian is close friends with Formula One ace Rubens Barrichello but with such a variance in cars and circuit layout Wilson says he can't rely on his mate's advice for the weekend ahead.

"We will be using a different layout to the Formula One, only a few turns are the same. While I have spoken to Rubens about the track and the city itself I haven't really been able to gain too much from it," said Wilson.

With the traditional weekend in the Bahrain being Friday and Saturday the V8 Supercars will take to the Bahrain International circuit for the first time on Thursday afternoon (local time) for practice followed by qualifying and Race One on Friday and a further two races on Saturday.

The local time in Bahrain is -8 AEDT.

RACE SCHEDULE
Local Bahraini Time

Thursday 23 November
1:15pm -- Practice

Friday 24 November
12:00pm - Top Ten Shootout
3:20pm - Race 1 -- 27 laps

Saturday 25 November
11:00am - Race 2 -- 37 laps
3:00pm - Race 3 -- 37 laps

-credit: wps racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson