Bahrain: WPS Racing Saturday report

WPS PAIR BATTLE HARD IN BAHRAIN WPS Racing's Max Wilson and Jason Bargwanna battled hard at the Desert 400, Round 12 of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship, in search of a good result at the Bahrain International Circuit today. Wilson was the...

WPS PAIR BATTLE HARD IN BAHRAIN

WPS Racing's Max Wilson and Jason Bargwanna battled hard at the Desert 400, Round 12 of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship, in search of a good result at the Bahrain International Circuit today.

Wilson was the big mover during the opening lap of this morning's race elevating himself up five spots from his starting position of 16 to be in 11th.

Despite battling a lack of grip during the final stages of the race the Brazilian held this position until the penultimate lap when he was passed by Steven Johnson.

After being dealt a post race penalty for his part in an incident with Johnson during yesterday's race Bargwanna started today's opening 37-lap journey from 22nd position. He made some good early progress before losing several spots courtesy of an altercation with Andrew Jones at the end of the main straight on lap three.

As the race continued Bargwanna showed some good pace aboard his #10 WPS Racing Falcon to cross the line a respectable 16th.

Starting the final race from 12th on the grid Wilson maintained his position just outside the top ten during the first section of the race.

After pitting to complete his compulsory pit stop Wilson returned to the circuit but was unable to match the pace of the drivers around him and dropped down the order as a result.

Like his team-mate Bargwanna too was left searching for some extra speed during the third stanza and as a result could only manage 22nd position at the finish.

The round was won by Jason Bright ahead of Todd Kelly and Garth Tander. Wilson was classified 16th for the round with Bargwanna 22nd.

With one round remaining Craig Lowndes leads the championship by a mere 7 points from Rick Kelly. Bargwanna is 13th and Wilson 14th.

The final round of the championship will be held at Phillip Island on December 8-10.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--..

Max Wilson - #8 WPS Racing Falcon

"It was one of those weekends where no matter what we tried we couldn't find a good balance in the set up of the WPS Racing Falcon," said Wilson.

"We made some changes overnight which made the car a bit better in the second race but then we made some more changes before the last race and lost the balance a bit.

"The good thing is we finished all three races and moved up a spot in the championship."

Jason Bargwanna - #10 WPS Racing Falcon

"The weekend started with a lot of potential but unfortunately this potential didn't transfer into a good result due to a variety of reasons," said Bargwanna.

"After being caught up yesterday's incident I was forced to play catch up in today's two races but didn't have the car speed required to get back up there.

"We'll now sit down and go through the data so we can look to improve for Phillip Island and hopefully return to the top ten."

Mark Larkham -- Team Principal

"Unfortunately we weren't fast enough during today's races and didn't have the race pace that we've shown over the past few rounds," said Larkham.

"When you don't have good car speed it leaves you vulnerable to the competitors around you and sometimes end up being caught up in an incident.

"We've now got to put our heads down over the next couple of weeks and fight for a good result to finish the year with at Phillip Island."

-credit: wps racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Steven Johnson , Max Wilson , Garth Tander , Jason Bright , Andrew Jones , Rick Kelly , Mark Larkham , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Todd Kelly , Phillip Island