WET WEATHER BRINGS RESULTS FOR WPS/WOW RACING AT ORAN PARK WPS/WOW Racing has again showed its strong form in wet conditions by earning its best result for the season in the Jim Beam 400 at Oran Park Raceway in Sydney, New South ...
WET WEATHER BRINGS RESULTS FOR WPS/WOW RACING AT ORAN PARK
WPS/WOW Racing has again showed its strong form in wet conditions by earning its best result for the season in the Jim Beam 400 at Oran Park Raceway in Sydney, New South Wales today.
Max Wilson drove the #8 WOW Racing Falcon to 13th overall at Oran Park, scoring the team's best collection of points for the season with 15 from the eighth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.
Jason Bargwanna was also in the points today, coming back from a disastrous Race 2 to finish 21st overall for the round and bring home six valuable championship points. With a total of 21 points for the round, Oran Park is also the best team result for WPS/WOW Racing in terms of points this season.
After Bargwanna and Wilson were 15th and 16th respectively in Saturday's opening race, Wilson capitalised on a good pit strategy to finish 11th in Race 2 on Sunday morning. The Brazilian ran long on his first stint before pitting on lap 31 of the 46-lap race.
Bargwanna was on-track for a similar result in the points in Race 2 until contact with Shane Van Gisbergen at Turn 3 pushed bodywork onto the front left tyre. Bargwanna was all the way alongside entering the corner, but the young Kiwi turned in and made contact with Bargwanna, the resulting damage cutting Bargwanna's front left tyre leaving the former Bathurst champion no option but to make an additional pit stop for a new tyre and panel repairs.
Race 3 saw a great recovery from Bargwanna, coming from his Race 2 finishing position of 27th to climb up the order to grab 13th place. It could have been even better for Bargwanna, but for race leader Lee Holdsworth rejoining the circuit just ahead of him after a pit stop. When a Safety Car was soon called onto the circuit it meant that Bargwanna was trapped a lap down.
Bargwanna persevered, racing with Craig Lowndes and Greg Murphy for 13th position over the final laps. Lowndes briefly passed Bargwanna but such was the pace of the #10 WPS Racing Falcon in the wet conditions that Bargwanna made a sensational move to get back past Lowndes and pull away to secure 13th place, the first car home one lap down.
Wilson meanwhile drove a smart race and completed his pit stop under Safety Car on lap 24. Returning to the track as one of the final cars still on the lead lap, Wilson then moved his way forward and despite a spin in the late stages after being clipped by another car, the #8 WOW Racing Falcon drove home in eighth position.
The result in Race 3 can also be attributed to some quick thinking from the WPS/WOW Racing crew, who called both cars into the pit lane just before the start of the race to switch the two cars to wet weather tyres as rain began to fall as the race was set to begin.
Lee Holdsworth won today's Jim Beam 400 ahead of Steven Richards and Craig Lowndes, while Garth Tander maintains the championship lead.
The next round of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series will see the first endurance race of the season with the Just Cars Insurance 500 at Sandown International Raceway in Melbourne, Victoria on September 14-16.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Max Wilson -- #8 WOW Racing Falcon
"I'm happy with the results we achieved today," said Wilson.
"The WOW car scored points in both races on Sunday and we were only one spot out of the points on Sunday.
"When it is wet we have very good pace, but it is also important to have a smart strategy and avoid the many accidents.
"The team made the right calls and things went well. We got spun late in Race 3 but as there were not many cars left on the lead lap we did not fall too far down the order and we were able to regroup and pass some cars back and get into the top 10.
"The team called me in to switch from slicks to wets before the start of the race. It was the right call as starting on slicks would have made it very hard to get a top 10 result.
"This is a great result for the team and the sort of thing we would like to be doing more often. I'm looking forward to Sandown, where it quite often rains and we went well last year."
Jason Bargwanna -- #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"We recovered quite well from the damage we sustained in Race 2 and overall had a fairly good weekend," said Bargwanna.
"The run in with the Team Kiwi car cost us a top 10 finish and our pace in the wet was certainly worthy of a good result, as passing Lowndes in Race 3 proved.
"It wasn't to be but we still came away with some points. Once I was trapped a lap down in Race 3 the best I could do was try to be the first car home a lap down and we got that in the end.
"We had good car speed in the wet and the team played the strategy card well. Sandown is another circuit we are looking forward to so we can safely say that WPS/WOW Racing is one team that is actually looking forward to the Melbourne weather in September."
Craig Gore -- Team Owner
"Our drivers both enjoy wet weather conditions and that certainly showed today," said Gore.
"Both Max and Bargs drove very well and showed strong pace in the wet here at Oran Park and it has brought us our best points finish for the season.
"Bargs was flying in Race 3 so it was a pity the way things worked out with him getting trapped a lap down. Max on the other hand was on the lead lap so when he was spun around with a few laps to go he was able to recover and get back past some cars and grab a top 10 finish.
"Wet races where strategy is important are always tough for the crew but the boys gave us nothing but great pit stops this weekend so they can be proud of their efforts.
"Sandown is shaping as a big event for us so September can't come soon enough."