WILSON EIGHTH AS BARGS CHARGES FORWARD IN PERTH WPS Racing's Max Wilson has continued his good early season form to finish eighth in the opening race at Round 3 of the V8 Supercar Championship contested at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth ...
WILSON EIGHTH AS BARGS CHARGES FORWARD IN PERTH
WPS Racing's Max Wilson has continued his good early season form to finish eighth in the opening race at Round 3 of the V8 Supercar Championship contested at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth today.
Just as impressive as Wilson's top ten placing was the charge through the field by his WPS Racing team-mate Jason Bargwanna who crossed the line 15th after qualifying a lowly 25th.
Both drivers made impressive starts as Wilson moved up three spots from his 13th starting position during the opening lap with Bargwanna doing likewise.
After all cars had completed their compulsory pit stop to change a minimum of two tyres, Wilson had moved up a further two positions. At the same time Bargwanna was the big winner from a good pit strategy and pit work to be in 14th position.
As the race continued Wilson held off a six car freight train which included Steven Johnson and defending champion Russell Ingall for positions eight through to 13. Likewise Bargwanna had five drivers challenging him for 14th.
Late in the race Wilson battled a broken exhaust header hampering his performance, however the Brazilian held on gallantly to finish eighth, his third top ten of the year. Bargwanna fought hard to record a determined 15th place finish, 10 spots higher than he started.
Today's 50-lap race was won by Mark Skaife ahead of Steven Richards and Craig Lowndes.
There will be a pair of 58-lap races held tomorrow at 10:00am and 1:30pm. The starting positions for the opening race tomorrow will be the reverse of the finishing positions today.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--.
Mark Larkham -- WPS Racing Team Principal
"Today was another pleasing result, I'm always happy when we're moving forward.
"It was all about some good strategy, good pit stops and very intelligent drives from both drivers under some very intense pressure. They both didn't make any mistakes and were rewarded with a good result."
Max Wilson -- Driver #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"Overnight we made some improvements in the car and narrowly missed out on being in our second shootout in a row, but it was very close up the front.
"I made a good, clean start to which really set me up for the rest of the race.
"The WPS Racing Falcon was very fast in the first split which gave me a bit of breathing space over the rest of each lap.
"With four laps to go the exhaust header broke which made it difficult but I wasn't going to give up easily. It's good to get another top ten, now it's all about keeping out trouble tomorrow.
Jason Bargwanna -- Driver #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"Overall we have finished the day with a reasonable result and we definitely had a solid base to work with and improve for tomorrow's two races.
"I was reasonably pleased after practice yesterday but we made some changes which sent us in the wrong direction for qualifying, however we've recovered well this afternoon.
"The WPS Racing Falcon was a lot more settled throughout the race than it has been all weekend and was better under brakes.
"If we can just keep out of any incidents tomorrow I strongly believe there is a top ten finish there for the taking."