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BARGWANNA SHOWS PROMISE DURING PRACTICE IN BAHRAIN WPS/WOW Racing's Jason Bargwanna has shown promising speed during practice for the Desert 400, round 12 of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series, at the Bahrain International Circuit this ...

BARGWANNA SHOWS PROMISE DURING PRACTICE IN BAHRAIN

WPS/WOW Racing's Jason Bargwanna has shown promising speed during practice for the Desert 400, round 12 of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series, at the Bahrain International Circuit this afternoon.

With all drivers having access to two sets of new tyres for practice at the 'fly-away' event the practice session had teams and drivers using a variety of strategies to best manage their tyre bank and extract the maximum speed out of their machines.

When Bargwanna was one of the first drivers to fit a second set of new tyres to the #10 WPS Racing Falcon he leaped towards the top of the timesheet to be the second fastest driver with 30-minutes remaining in the 2-hour session.

Unfortunately for Bargwanna and the WPS/WOW Racing outfit he wasn't able to maintain his spot near the top of the time sheets as many of his competitors also fitted new rubber and he finished the session with the 22nd fastest time.

Brazilian Max Wilson spent the majority of the practice session working with his engineers to establish a well-balanced set-up in the #8 WOW Racing Falcon. He also endured a problem with the brake lights on his car that cost him valuable track time.

Highlighting the competiveness of the category Wilson's time of 1m26.8464, which placed him 28th at the end of the session, was less than a second from tenth fastest.

Mark Winterbottom set the pace this afternoon ahead of championship leader Jamie Whincup. Steven Richards was third fastest ahead of Craig Lowndes and Lee Holdsworth.

Tomorrow's action around the 3.6km circuit begins at 11:00am local time followed by the opening 31-lap race at 3:00pm.

The local time in Bahrain is eight hours behind AEDST.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY ...

Max Wilson -- #8 WOW Racing Falcon "My day wasn't the best one, we tried a couple of things with the car and had a couple of problems when the brake lights weren't working," said Wilson.

"One of the changes we made took longer than what it should have, and this meant we did not get as many laps as what we wanted to.

"The team and I will now sit down and look over the data, so tomorrow we can come back and aim to move up the order.

"What we are looking for at the moment is to find a good balance in the car. The circuit is quite slippery so balance will be something important in tomorrow's session."

Jason Bargwanna -- #10 WPS Racing Falcon "Today was a fairly encouraging start to the round," said Bargwanna.

"It was pleasing to know we had some reasonable speed on new tyres, now it is a case of building on this speed to move up the order during qualifying tomorrow.

"Tyre wear will become very important over the weekend and is something we will really need to stay on top of if we are going to achieve a good result."

Craig Gore -- WPS/WOW Racing Team Owner "Overall it has been a bit of a mixed day for the team," said Gore.

"Bargs showed some good speed midway through the session which was very encouraging but Max finished the day still searching for a clear direction to find the right balance.

"It will be a case of the entire team working together to extract the maximum out of both cars during qualifying tomorrow and I'm confident both drivers will be able to move up the order.

"With this being only the second time the series has been here everyone is still learning about the characteristics of the track surface, as was the case last year I think tyre life will be vital during the three races."

-credit: wpsracing.net.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Lee Holdsworth , Steven Richards