TEMPERATURES COULD CAUSE CARNAGE WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna believes the carnage seen at last year's V8 Supercar season opener at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide will be nothing compared to this year's event if the predicted extreme weather ...
TEMPERATURES COULD CAUSE CARNAGE
WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna believes the carnage seen at last year's V8 Supercar season opener at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide will be nothing compared to this year's event if the predicted extreme weather conditions arrive this weekend.
The former Bathurst winner says that the ambient 40 degree temperature predicted for opening practice on Friday could see cabin temperatures of some cars creep towards 70 degrees.
Last year's event saw some major accidents in both the Saturday and Sunday heats, with a couple of drivers admitting to becoming nauseous and even having fainting spells at the wheel.
Bargwanna, who returns to WPS Racing for his second season, says that most drivers work vigorously on their fitness in the off-season, but that there are always a couple who are caught out by the physical demands that Adelaide seems to throw up year after year.
Bargwanna will be joined in Adelaide this weekend by his regular teammate Max Wilson who will be driving a newly-unveiled WOW Falcon for the first time in race trim.
Ironically, Bargwanna and Wilson are regarded as two of the fittest drivers in the 31-car field.
Wilson returned home to his native homeland of Brazil in the off-season to catch up with family and some of his famous racing mates including F1 regulars Rubens Barrichello and Antonio Pizonia and former Indy Car Champion Tony Kanaan, who he trained with most days.
WHAY THEY HAVE TO SAY--.
JASON BARGWANNA - #10 WPS FALCON
"Adelaide is always one of the toughest events of the year, but the predicted weather forecasts would make the event one of the toughest in the category's history,' said Bargwanna.
"We saw drivers fainting at the wheel last year and the heat was nothing like they are predicting for this weekend.
"Drivers will be getting their hands on every driver aid possible to help keep themselves cool, but we could see temperatures of up 70 degrees to inside the car.
"The close concrete walls at Adelaide and all the exhaust fumes just exaggerate the problem.
"When you add all that together with the pressure and the expectations on drivers in the first event of the year, you really have a recipe for some major carnage.
"You would obviously prefer to see a clean race without any damage, but you know that just isn't going to happen."
MAX WILSON - #8 WOW FALCON
"There is no doubt that the V8 Supercars are quite physical to drive and that fitness has to be a primary focus for a driver," said Wilson.
"You know Adelaide is going to be tough for so many reasons, but a 40-degree day makes it a whole different ball game.
"You might even see guys through the practice sessions coming in and having a bit of a break."
CRAIG GORE -- OWNER WPS RACING
"It is hard to believe that we are only a couple of days away from the start of another season and I cannot wait," said Gore.
"We have some exciting new partners under the WPS umbrella this year and I cannot wait to see both the WPS and WOW cars out on the race track for the first time.
"We were proud to unveil the new WOW car last week and look forward to a successful on-going partnership with such a dynamic company.
"Our operation has made some major structural changes over the off-season which we believe will help us take the next step in this category.
"V8 Supercars is one of the most competitive categories of motorsport in the world and I think we will see just how tough it is this weekend.
"Bring it on."