Hidden Valley: WPS/WOW Racing Friday report

WILSON MAKES POSITIVE START TO TOP END TILT WPS/WOW Racing's Max Wilson has made a positive start to this weekend's Skycity Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, Northern Territory today. Wilson was 12th fastest in today's practice...

WILSON MAKES POSITIVE START TO TOP END TILT

WPS/WOW Racing's Max Wilson has made a positive start to this weekend's Skycity Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, Northern Territory today.

Wilson was 12th fastest in today's practice session in the #8 WOW Racing Falcon on the opening day of Round 6 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, while team-mate Jason Bargwanna guided the #10 WPS Racing Falcon to 26th fastest.

Wilson was very pleased with the pace of his WOW Falcon over long runs, sitting in the top 10 on the timesheets for most of the session around the 2.9-kilometre circuit.

Wilson and the WPS/WOW Racing crew will now work on set-up changes to seek improvement in qualifying speed, as pace over one lap in tomorrow's qualifying session will be vital.

Bargwanna also exhibited strong pace over long runs today at Hidden Valley and will work with Wilson overnight to gain maximum improvement for tomorrow.

Mark Skaife was fastest in today's practice session ahead of Rick Kelly and Mark Winterbottom. Qualifying and Race One will be held tomorrow with the final two races run on Sunday.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Max Wilson -- #8 WOW Racing Falcon

"I'm pretty pleased with how our car performed today," said Wilson.

"We ran at a good pace and the car felt good, so we are off to a positive start.

"The changes we made to the car made it run well on long runs and it looked after its tyres, which is important for the races.

"For qualifying we would like to find a little more outright pace for when we put on new tyres, but our race pace seems strong, so if we can qualify in the front half of the field I think we can run well.

"We will look at getting that last little bit of pace out of the car overnight, because if we can qualify well tomorrow I think we can set ourselves up for a good weekend."

Jason Bargwanna -- #10 WPS Racing Falcon

"The potential is there in the car but we just didn't quite get on top of it today," said Bargwanna.

"For most of the session our times were close to Max but we didn't get the improvement we were after towards the end.

"Qualifying is so important when you need to be in the front half of the field to score points, so we will be working hard tonight to make the necessary changes to get us up there."

Craig Gore -- Team Owner

"Max had the WOW car working quite well today in practice and showed some strong signs for the weekend," said Gore.

"He was comfortable out there, turned in some solid times and looks to have a good set-up for the races. We will now work at getting a little extra out of the car for tomorrow's qualifying to give him the best chance of being in the points right from the start of the weekend.

"Bargs will have the benefit of working with Max and our engineering team overnight to improve his car and get up there with Max.

"Bargs had strong pace at Eastern Creek and I am sure that pace is still there. Today we weren't able to get the best out of his car but Bargs still had a strong car and I'm sure we can turn things around for him before tomorrow."

WPS/WOW RACING -- TEAM TALK

#8 WOW Racing Falcon driver Max Wilson explains what he got up to on Thursday before the Darwin V8 Supercar round.

"Darwin is one my favourite rounds in the championship and the atmosphere in the city of Darwin in June is really good," said Wilson.

"There are a lot of tourists in the area at this time of year and the Northern Territory Government does a great job of promoting a lot of events during this month, including the NT Karting Titles, an AFL game, the Skycity Triple Crown and also a drag racing meeting.

"With so much going on there are a lot of people in town and the vibe of the city is really good. Everyone in Darwin knows how to have a good time and when you walk around the city you can really feel that everyone is happy and relaxed.

"The day before track activities started at Hidden Valley I still did a lap of the track, but much slower than usual. We always schedule a track walk with our engineers before each round and at Hidden Valley we did our track walk at 1.30pm.

"It's an important part of the weekend, just to familiarise yourself with the circuit, talk with my engineer Mark Fenning and Bargs and his engineer Daniel Kroehn about some of the corners and just start to think about what we have to do to get the cars going well.

"Then Bargs and I drove to Darwin's WOW Sight and Sound store to meet some fans and sign some autographs with the people from WOW. I always have a lot of fun when we go to the WOW stores for visits. There are so many cool gadgets and things -- I'm like a kid in a candy store!

"From there we headed to Skycity Casino for an autograph session with all the drivers. It's a great place to meet all the fans, on a big lawn outside the front of the complex.

"After the casino I headed to the Mindal markets, which is one of my favourite things to do in Darwin. If you ever come to Darwin you have to make sure you go to the markets, just by the beach next to the casino, on a Thursday night.

"This year there was a really great performer, eMDee, that we watched for a little while. He is very different, but sounds great -- imagine a guy playing electric didgeridoos with a back-up drummer and that's what this is.

"After that we grabbed some food and had a look around the market. It's very busy but everyone is having fun and just sits around eating and talking.

"It's a very relaxing evening and something that I try to do each year in Darwin. If you have never been to the Darwin V8 round I'd recommend it as one of the best to come to. If you are here next year I might see you at the Mindal markets on Thursday night."

-credit: wps/wow

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