BARNSTORMING TOP 10 FOR WPS RACING
WPS Racing has made a tremendous start to the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship with Max Wilson finishing in eighth position during the second race at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide today.
Wilson, an ex-Formula One test driver, meticulously worked his way towards the front during today's race to be running a race high third position on lap 36 courtesy of some outstanding lap times prior to his second compulsory pit stop.
While Wilson was on the charge towards the front so too was his WPS Racing team-mate Jason Bargwanna who had moved up ten positions from his starting position to be in 16th prior to his pit stop to refuel.
A multi-car incident, which Wilson narrowly avoided, exiting turn two brought the safety car out onto the circuit on lap 51.
No longer had the race been restarted it was again under the control of a safety car when Greg Murphy ran wide on the notorious turn eight of the Adelaide circuit and made heavy impact with the wall.
Following the restart Wilson and Bargwanna were both involved in a six-car battle for positions sixth through to 11th.
Both drivers maintained their positions over the closing laps with Wilson crossing the line eighth, in the process recording his best start to the championship. Bargwanna almost made it a double top ten finish for WPS Racing finishing 11th.
Today's race was won by Jamie Whincup ahead of the Kelly brothers, Todd and Rick.
The next hit out for WPS Racing will be a non-championship affair next weekend at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, Victoria. The championship resumes next month in New Zealand at the Pukekohe circuit on April 21-23.
Mark Larkham -- WPS Racing Team Principal
"A really solid effort by the race team and everyone in it has yielded a solid result," said Larkham.
"We all look forward to building on the momentum we have produced this weekend as we continue throughout the year.
"Max's speed mid-way through today's race was exceptional and it was very pleasing to see his great drive rewarded with his best ever start to the championship.
"It was a great recovery by Bargs given the lack of test days he completed prior to the start of the weekend. His times were very impressive this afternoon and very nearly made it a pair of top ten results for the team.
"Overall everyone in the team should be congratulated for their dedicated and tireless effort over the past two months, especially over the last couple of days."
Max Wilson -- Driver #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"It has been a tremendous weekend and to come away from Adelaide in the top ten gives me a lot of confidence for the next few rounds," said Wilson.
"If it wasn't for a minor issue yesterday which dropped me down a few positions we could have been a little further up but a top ten finish in today's race certainly provided the team with a great reward for their hard work over the last few weeks, especially the last few days.
"I look forward to getting back behind the wheel next weekend in Melbourne."
Jason Bargwanna -- Driver #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"The result in today's race is a fantastic performance by the team and everyone involved," said Bargwanna.
"Coming into the weekend I knew the job would be ahead of me to gain a good result given the lack of testing I was able to get in before coming to Adelaide but we worked very hard over the weekend and by today's race the WPS Falcon was very competitive.
"Max did a great job to finish inside the top ten and it very well could have been two cars if it wasn't for problems in my car yesterday."