WILSON OPENS POINTS ACCOUNT WITH STRONG PERFORMANCE IN PERTH WOW Racing pilot Max Wilson has opened his championship points account with a strong 11th place run in the first race of the second round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at the...
WILSON OPENS POINTS ACCOUNT WITH STRONG PERFORMANCE IN PERTH
WOW Racing pilot Max Wilson has opened his championship points account with a strong 11th place run in the first race of the second round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at the BigPond 400 at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth, Western Australia today.
Wilson continued the form that saw him qualify 14th in this morning's qualifying session to make a good start and move through the field to be challenging for a top ten finish.
Wilson pitted for two rear tyres on lap 19, leapfrogging James Courtney but losing spots to Steven Richards and Lee Holdsworth in the pits, leaving the Brazilian in 12th.
When Todd Kelly spun on lap 38, bringing out the Safety Car, the #8 WOW Racing Falcon rose to 11th, bringing six points to Wilson and lifting him to equal 17th in the championship alongside Jason Richards.
On lap 47 of the 50-lap event Wilson and John Bowe touched as Wilson attempted to lap the veteran entering the final corner. Wilson sustained minor damage to the front left guard but continued on to the finish.
WPS Racing driver Jason Bargwanna was on target for his second points finish of the season today at Barbagallo until a problem with the right rear wheel during his pit stop dropped the former Bathurst winner down the order.
Bargwanna and Wilson made it through to the second leg of qualifying today. Bargwanna started 20th on the grid and moved his way up several positions before pitting on lap 22.
The pit delay dropped Bargwanna down to 28th but a spirited effort lifted the #10 WPS Racing Falcon to 25th by the end of the race.
Garth Tander won today's opening race ahead of Rick Kelly and Mark Skaife. Tomorrow will see the completion of the BigPond 400, with two 50-lap races held.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Max Wilson -- #8 WOW Racing Falcon
"I'm pretty happy with our race today," said Wilson.
"The car was really good at the start of a stint but developed a bit of oversteer as the tyres got a bit older.
"We held our position well out there and were pretty comfortable running around near the top 10.
"We are definitely capable of a top 10 tomorrow. The car is running well so we will just work at getting it to use its tyres a little better and we will be right up there.
"Right now our focus is on how we can make the car better for tomorrow, but it's also a nice feeling to have some points under our belt.
"We had a bit of a mishap at the end with John Bowe. He just didn't see me as I came down the inside to lap him and we touched. The tyre rubbed for a little bit but we made it home without losing any spots."
Jason Bargwanna -- #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"It's unfortunate we didn't score more points today," said Bargwanna.
"The cars we were running with in the early part of the race ended up in the points, so it hurts a little to be back so far.
"You just can't afford to give away too much time in the pits. It cost us today, but there are times where you gain spots in the pits, so you move on.
"The car has the pace to get back up there. There are a couple of things we will look at doing to get it better. If we can get the car working better through Kolb Corner we will pick up time."
Craig Gore -- Team Owner
"That was an impressive performance by Max out there today," said Gore.
"It's good to have both cars with points after three races so far this year. There are still two races to come tomorrow so we are definitely looking at getting more points for both cars tomorrow.
"We need to improve our pit stops to help out our drivers but we will keep working at that.
"Max really worked hard at it today. When we get the car working better for him he is really going to impress.
"Bargs was unlucky today. A slow pit stop cost him spots. We've got to keep our heads up and give it everything we've got tomorrow.
"Overall it was a good race today. Both cars have the pace to be in the points and there is still more to come."