Bathurst: WPS Racing - Bargwanna spotlight

WPS RACING'S JASON BARGWANNA ON BATHURST WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna is one of the many young Australian's who grew up watching the Bathurst 1000 and dreaming that one day it would be them out there doing battle in Australia's Great Race. In...

WPS RACING'S JASON BARGWANNA ON BATHURST

WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna is one of the many young Australian's who grew up watching the Bathurst 1000 and dreaming that one day it would be them out there doing battle in Australia's Great Race.

In 1990 Bargwanna's dream became a reality when he made his debut in a Toyota Corolla alongside his cousin Scott. In doing so the Bargwanna duo became the youngest pairing to tackle the Bathurst 1000, a record they have held until this year.

Following several starts in less powerful machines Jason received the opportunity to compete in a V8 Supercar for the first time in 1997. After qualifying on provisional pole that year he returned in 1998 to record his first podium finish whilst driving alongside Jim Richards.

The highlight of his career thus far came in 2000 when he won the race with Garth Tander.

With the 2006 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 only a week away Bargwanna is beginning to get excited about the prospect of another good result at Mount Panorama.

"The race at Bathurst itself is without doubt the pinnacle in Australian motorsport. It's the event that everyone strives to win. As a driver you haven't completed your career unless you've actually won that race," said Bargwanna.

"As a kid I remember sitting there watching it and dreaming about driving in the Bathurst race, let alone winning the race which was an amazing experience within itself. It's probably one of those things that probably won't really hit home for another 20 or so years that I've actually won the race.

"It's not only the circuit itself, which is clearly one of the greatest circuits in the world, it's the atmosphere, it's the prestige, it's the superbowl, it's the AFL Grand Final, it's the pinnacle of Australian motorsport.

"There is something about Bathurst, it is one of the only races you get really nervous at and you're pumped for the whole week you're there and can't wait to get to the circuit every day.

"When you get the chequered flag at the end of the afternoon, it's kind of a relief that you know you've made it through the day and achieved your goal.

"This year the race will have a very special meaning with the recent passing of Peter Brock and I can't wait to get there next week."

Bargwanna is this year paired with Craig Baird in the #10 WPS Racing Falcon with his regular team-mate Max Wilson joined by David Besnard in the #8 WPS Racing Falcon for the endurance feature.

Practice around the 6.21km Mount Panorama circuit begins on Thursday October 5 followed by Qualifying and the top ten shootout across Friday and Saturday. The 161-lap race will begin at 10am on Sunday October 8.

-credit: wps racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , David Besnard , Garth Tander , Jim Richards , Craig Baird , Jason Bargwanna , Peter Brock