Bahrain: WPS Racing Thursday report

STRONG START FOR BARGWANNA IN BAHRAIN WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna has made an impressive start to the Desert 400, Round 12 of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship, by setting the eighth fastest time during practice at the Bahrain International ...

STRONG START FOR BARGWANNA IN BAHRAIN

WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna has made an impressive start to the Desert 400, Round 12 of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship, by setting the eighth fastest time during practice at the Bahrain International Circuit today.

This weekend's event marks the second venture outside of Australasia in as many years for the Championship Series. Bahrain is the 26th different circuit used since the Australian Touring Car Championship started in 1960. Bargwanna has now competed on 20 of these 26 circuits during his 113 round career.

During today's limited lap practice session the former Bathurst Champion was amongst the pace setters aboard his #10 WPS Racing Falcon. With 20-minutes remaining Bargwanna was third fastest. His time around the 3.6km circuit was a mere 0.1 seconds behind the fastest to that point set by Garth Tander.

As the session continued Bargwanna maintained his position inside the top ten and finished as the eighth fastest driver with a time of 1:24.8768.

While Bargwanna was pleased with the set up on his WPS Racing Falcon his team-mate Max Wilson spent the practice session searching for the right 'balance' in his car and as a consequence could only manage the 25th fastest time.

Jason Bright set the fastest time of 1:24.0479 ahead of Tander and Mark Winterbottom.

Qualifying will be contested tomorrow at 11:00am local time (7:00pm AEDT) followed by the Top Ten Shootout and the historic opening 27-lap race will begin at 3:20pm (11:20pm AEDT). There will be a further two 37-lap races contested on Sunday.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY----.

Jason Bargwanna - #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"The track is nice, the facilities are superb and at the moment we're pretty fast which makes it even better," said Bargwanna.

"Today was our best practice result for the year and is a reflection of the hard work the guys in the team have been putting in.

"We continually improved our pace during the session and it is the most competitive we've been so far this year. Now the aim is to continue this pace for qualifying tomorrow."

Max Wilson - #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"We simply couldn't find a nice balance during the session, it is as simple as that," said Wilson.

"The circuit is quite deceiving. It hasn't got as much grip as what we thought it was going to have and is also a lot tighter than it looks in turn one and three.

"We will make some changes to the suspension tonight which will hopefully get me higher up the order tomorrow."

Mark Larkham -- Team Principal
"The speed shown by Bargs is encouraging, he was fast straight out the blocks and was inside the top ten for the majority of the session," said Larkham.

"We still have a bit of work to do on the set up of Max's car but I'm confident after looking at the data and comparing it to Bargs' we'll be able to get him closer to the front during qualifying tomorrow.

"Given the nature of the circuit and the heat over here I think tyre preservation will play an important role towards achieving a good result over the weekend."

-credit: wps racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Jason Bright , Mark Larkham , Jason Bargwanna , Mark Winterbottom