Oran Park: WPS Racing Sunday report

SEASON'S BEST FOR WPS RACING WPS Racing enjoyed its best result of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship when Jason Bargwanna recorded a season-high seventh position in round seven of the championship at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway...

SEASON'S BEST FOR WPS RACING

WPS Racing enjoyed its best result of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship when Jason Bargwanna recorded a season-high seventh position in round seven of the championship at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway today.

Bargwanna showed impressive pace during today's pair of 53-lap features which resulted in him crossing the line ninth and 14th respectively. His result in the final race could have been well inside the top ten if it wasn't for an incident where he spun on the oil left on the circuit when Jamie Whincup's engine expired on lap 10.

Bargwanna's high speed spin, which also claimed three other drivers, dropped the former Bathurst Champion 11 spots down the order.

His season best result was almost matched by team-mate Max Wilson who was on track to record his best result of 2006 before suffering a steering rack failure on lap 25 whilst placed seventh. As a result of the failure Wilson's WPS Racing Falcon speared off the road at approximately 170 km/h into the tyre barrier before ending on its side. Wilson escaped injury.

A total of seven drivers failed to finish today's final race. The opening lap was marred by a mutli-car pile up which eliminated Todd Kelly, Jason Bright and Steven Richards.

Craig Lowndes continued his impressive form to take the round victory, and also the championship lead. Rick Kelly finished second ahead of James Courtney. Bargwanna was seventh overall and Wilson 29th.

Behind Lowndes in the championship standings is Rick Kelly ahead of Garth Tander. Wilson remains in 14th with Bargwanna 21st.

The next round of the championship will be the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 on September 1-3.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY----.

Jason Bargwanna -- #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"Obviously I'm really happy with the result, it was pleasing to have some good pace during the final race," said Bargwanna.

"While it's very pleasing to finish seventh, I could have finished even higher if it wasn't for spinning on the oil dropped on the track.

"We continually improved the set up of the car during the weekend and by the end we had a pretty competitive car.

"Now we have to build on what we have here as we head into the second half of the year."

Max Wilson - #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"I was on track to record my best result for the year which shows the team's potential," said Wilson.

"The car was competitive enough to run inside the top six during the final race but unfortunately I wasn't able to achieve the result we deserved.

"I had no indication there was a problem with the car prior to the incident. I went to turn into one of the fastest parts of the circuit and the car simply didn't turn in.

"I hit the tyre barriers pretty hard and the car ended up on its side."

Mark Larkham -- Team Principal
"I think the team showed enormous potential today," said Larkham

"On the road Bargs was running inside the top half dozen before he spun off on the oil dropped by Whincup and Max was running as high as seventh before his incident.

"It's clear that a really good result for the team was taken away.

"Seventh overall for Bargs is an impressive result and we'll have to investigate the Wilson incident to discover its cause."

-credit: wps racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Max Wilson , Garth Tander , Jason Bright , Rick Kelly , Mark Larkham , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Jamie Whincup , Todd Kelly , Steven Richards