WPS RACING SHOW PACE AT BARBAGALLO WPS Racing continued to show they have the pace to be a top ten contender in the V8 Supercar Championship with impressive bursts of speed during the third round at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia this...
WPS RACING SHOW PACE AT BARBAGALLO
WPS Racing continued to show they have the pace to be a top ten contender in the V8 Supercar Championship with impressive bursts of speed during the third round at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia this weekend.
Both drivers, Max Wilson and Jason Bargwanna, were on track for a top ten result before separate events put a dampener on their weekend.
In yesterday's opening race Wilson led the way for the team with a determined drive for eighth position. Not to be outdone Bargwanna was the big mover in the 31-car field moving up ten spots from his qualifying position to finish 15th.
The first of today's two 58-lap races began in the reverse order of yesterday's finishing positions with Wilson starting from 24th and Bargwanna 17th. Once again both drivers played a cool hand under immense pressure to finish 19th and 16th respectively.
Wilson started the final race of the round just outside the top ten in 11th with his WPS Racing team-mate three rows further back in 17th.
Bargwanna made the better start of the pair to be just outside the top ten when he pitted for his compulsory tyre change on lap seven.
As the race continued the WPS pair was separated by several car lengths as they challenged for positions just outside the top ten.
On lap 19 Wilson's race came to a premature end when the right front upright on his WPS Racing Falcon collapsed. The Brazilian was able to limp back to the pit area, however the team was unable to repair the damage and he was unable to continue.
"It was a disappointing way to finish the weekend, we were definitely on track for a top ten finish but unfortunately it wasn't to be," said Wilson.
"The car showed some good pace throughout the weekend, just as it did in New Zealand. I know a good result isn't too far away, hopefully our luck will turn when we get to Winton and we'll finish near the front of the field."
As Wilson watched from the sidelines Bargwanna endured contact with a couple of other competitors and severe tyre wear on his WPS Racing Falcon to eventually cross the line 20th.
"The WPS Racing Falcon was very competitive during the first half of both races today and a top ten result in both was very achievable. Unfortunately though our pace dropped away as I battled with severe tyre wear on the rear and I lost positions as a consequence," said Bargwanna. "I think we've shown that we have some good pace on board but it is all about maintaining that pace for the entire race which will turn into a good result."
Despite winning two of the three races throughout the weekend Mark Skaife was unable to halt Steven Richards from claiming the round victory. Richards finished with 290 points ahead of Skaife (286), Craig Lowndes (282), Garth Tander (274) and Mark Winterbottom (268). Bargwanna was classified 17th with Wilson 23rd.
Russell Ingall maintained his consistency to lead the championship on 790 points. Ingall is 14 clear of Tander (776) and Richards (772). Wilson is 17th (446) and Bargwanna 20th (436).
The next round of the championship is at Winton Motor Raceway in central Victoria on June 2-4.