Gold Coast: WPS Racing Friday report

SPEEDY TEAMWORK GETS BARGWANNA BACK ON TRACK AT INDY The WPS Racing crew put in the hard yards to ensure one of their pilots, Jason Bargwanna, gained as much valuable track time as possible during practice for the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge...

SPEEDY TEAMWORK GETS BARGWANNA BACK ON TRACK AT INDY

The WPS Racing crew put in the hard yards to ensure one of their pilots, Jason Bargwanna, gained as much valuable track time as possible during practice for the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the Gold Coast, Queensland today.

During the opening practice session Bargwanna endured an engine related issue aboard his WPS Racing Falcon forcing the team to make an engine change prior to the next session.

With the two sessions separated by just over two hours time was of the utmost importance. Normally an engine change in this time period wouldn't be a major issue, however with the transporters forced to park three-kilometres away due to the street circuit layout it presented a minor problem.

Determined to ensure Bargwanna took to the circuit for the next session the crew worked tirelessly on the job at hand and had the engine ready to be removed from the car within 26 minutes of it coming to a halt.

A little over 30 minutes from when the spare engine arrived in the pit area the #10 WPS Racing Falcon fired into life and Bargwanna exited pit lane to take to the circuit midway through the second practice session.

In this afternoon's qualifying Bargwanna topped the sheets in the session for the lower 50% of the field and finished the day as the 15th fastest driver overall.

While Bargwanna was pleased with the improving set up of his car his team-mate Max Wilson is still searching for the right 'balance' aboard the #8 WPS Racing Falcon. Unfortunately the Brazilian spun his car entering ANA corner at the end of front straight and collected the concrete barrier causing significant damage to the rear of his car.

Wilson will start from 20th on the grid for tomorrow's opening race.

Rick Kelly set the fastest time and will start tomorrow's 22-lap race from pole position alongside his team-mate Garth Tander. Mark Winterbottom was third.

QUOTES FROM THE TEAM

Jason Bargwanna - #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"We had an issue with the engine during the opening practice, which is not a common occurrence. Normally if this happened we would simply pull another power plant out of the truck and bolt it in, however here at Indy the transporter isn't located at the back of our pit garage which made it more of a challenge," said Bargwanna.

"I think it was a total of two hours from go to whoa, so it was a great effort from everyone involved.

"Qualifying was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed it. I thought we might have been able to finish a bit higher up overall but that's life.

"When I won the round in 2002 I qualified 14th and there is still a very long way to go this weekend. I think we'll have a very strong set up for the three races, hopefully we can keep out of trouble and a good result will come our way."

Max Wilson - #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"I can't seem to find the right balance. The car isn't pulling up under brakes, which is a vital part of getting around this circuit quickly," said Wilson.

"Under brakes entering ANA corner at the end of the main straight on the final lap of qualifying I lost the rear end and hit the wall with the right rear of my car.

"It's done a fair bit of damage but we'll be back out there tomorrow and hopefully move up the order."

Mark Larkham -- Team Principal
"Under the circumstances it was a good comeback by the team," said Larkham.

"Bargs paid the price for not being in the top 50% during qualifying as it appeared that part of the session was the faster one.

"I think we're in good shape with Bargs' car but unfortunately there is some fairly extensive damage to the rear of Max's car. The boys in the crew have got a long night ahead of them but it won't be because they'll be partying on the Gold Coast strip."

-credit: wps racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Rick Kelly , Mark Larkham , Jason Bargwanna , Mark Winterbottom