Clipsal: WPS Racing Saturday report

ENCOURAGING SIGNS FOR WPS RACING WPS Racing showed glimpses of their true potential during the opening race of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship at the Clipsal 500 on the Adelaide street circuit today. Brazilian driver Max Wilson began the...

ENCOURAGING SIGNS FOR WPS RACING

WPS Racing showed glimpses of their true potential during the opening race of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship at the Clipsal 500 on the Adelaide street circuit today.

Brazilian driver Max Wilson began the race from 15th with his team-mate Jason Bargwanna six rows further back in 26th position.

When Wilson pitted aboard his WPS Racing Falcon on lap 17 he had elevated himself seven positions to be inside the top ten. Likewise Bargwanna was also on the charge towards the front to be in 13th when he pitted a handful of laps later.

Unfortunately a problem with an oil line breather forced Wilson into the pit area for an unscheduled pit stop to enable temporary pairs to be completed and he lost a lap to the leaders as a consequence.

While Wilson experienced some problems Bargwanna began to close in a top ten finish before he endured an electrical fire in the wiring loom which eventually forced him out of the event on lap 51.

Wilson battled on to eventually climb back up the order and will start tomorrow's second 250km leg from 16th.

Craig Lowndes took out today's 78-lap race ahead of Rick Kelly who was followed by Jamie Whincup.

Mark Larkham -- WPS Racing Team Principle
"I'm pleased with the potential shown by the team today but am disappointed with the overall result.

During today's race both drivers drove very well and showed a lot of potential. I was very impressed with the improvement of the speed in Jason's car and it's disappointing we didn't get the top ten it probably deserved.

We now have a big job ahead of us to get the number 10 WPS Racing Falcon on the grid for tomorrow's race.

Max drove a very consistent race and has put himself in a reasonable position to push further up the order during tomorrow's race."

Max Wilson -- Driver #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"Our speed today was encouraging and I believe I could have finished inside the top 10 or 12 if we didn't have the problem with the oil breather.

All weekend we have continually improved the set up of the WPS Racing Falcon and it was very consistent during today's race.

Overall for our first race as a team the result wasn't too bad but we still have a lot of work to do."

Jason Bargwanna -- Driver #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"We made some big improvements on the chassis set up after qualifying yesterday and had moved up to be well in contention for a top ten finish.

Coming down the main straight on lap 51 a small electrical fire started in the car which got worse as the lap progressed and the fire extinguisher went off filling the cabin with smoke before the engine stopped due to the electrical shortage.

It's a pretty disappointing way to finish the day but we showed that we have quite a bit of speed on board and tomorrow is another long race where hopefully we can move up numerous positions."

-WPS Racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Mark Larkham , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Jamie Whincup