Bathurst: WPS Racing Thursday report

CHALLENGING START FOR WPS AT BATHURST WPS Racing has endured a challenging start to its campaign at the 2006 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, round nine of the V8 Supercar Championship, at Mount Panorama today. The ...

CHALLENGING START FOR WPS AT BATHURST

WPS Racing has endured a challenging start to its campaign at the 2006 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, round nine of the V8 Supercar Championship, at Mount Panorama today.

The #10 WPS Racing Falcon piloted by former Bathurst champion Jason Bargwanna and New Zealander Craig Baird set the 12th fastest time around the famous 6.21km circuit during the 2 ½ hour practice session.

Throughout today's session the WPS crew continually improved the set up to finish the day with a competitive package as they heads into the two practice sessions and qualifying tomorrow.

Unfortunately for Max Wilson and David Besnard their time behind the wheel today was limited after Wilson spun the #8 WPS Racing Falcon entering the 'skyline' section of the circuit on lap four in the session.

The impact with the concrete wall damaged the rear of the WPS Racing Falcon and the team is currently undertaking a significant repair job on the car before tomorrow morning.

There will be two further practice sessions contested tomorrow morning before qualifying in the afternoon.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--..

Jason Bargwanna - #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"We had a problem with a differential failure which cost us some time early in the session so overall I'm happy to have finished inside the top dozen," said Bargwanna.

"Throughout the session we continually improved the chassis set up but we have a minor issue with the gearbox which is making life slightly difficult behind the wheel.

"I'm confident we can improve the set up further tomorrow which should help us stay inside the top dozen and hopefully move even closer to the front."

Craig Baird - #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"I felt quite comfortable in the car and as the session continued we made some good improvements in the car," said Baird.

"I think we've ended up in a reasonable position."

Max Wilson - #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"It is a disappointing way to start the weekend," said Wilson.

"The WPS Racing Falcon was pretty twitchy during the first part of the session and we were still searching for a comfortable set up when I lost the rear end coming into Skyline.

"As the car spun it hit the wall pretty hard on the right hand side causing some pretty severe damage to the rear of the car.

"The guys have already assessed the majority of the damage and started the repairs, unfortunately though it will be a long day to start the weekend for the crew."

David Besnard - #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"It was a disappointing day," said Besnard.

"I was basically all suited up and ended up having no where to go when Max's incident happened.

"It's now time to focus on the job at hand tomorrow and catching up for lost time behind the wheel."

Mark Larkham -- Team Principal
"It was pleasing to see the #10 car finish the day just outside the top ten," said Larkham.

"The #8 car is repairable which is pleasing. As is not often the case, when we have delved further into repairing the car the damage is not any worse than initial thought.

"The toughest part of this accident is not the actual damage or repair job, it is the loss of track time and race preparation. So now it puts the pressure on the team to make good decisions with less information. We love a challenge."

-credit: www.wpsracing.net.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , David Besnard , Craig Baird , Mark Larkham , Jason Bargwanna