BARGWANNA 14TH AND CAREER BEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT FOR WILSON
WPS Racing has achieved its goal of 2006 by having both drivers finish inside the top half of the Championship standings as the Series drew to a close at the Caterpillar Grand Finale on Phillip Island in Victoria today.
Jason Bargwanna consistently steered his #10 WPS Racing Falcon towards the top ten throughout the year and as a consequence finished 14th overall in the standings.
The 34-year-old's season was highlighted by a pair of seventh place finishes at Oran Park and Sandown followed by another two top ten round results at Bathurst and Surfers Paradise. By securing 14th place in 2006 it marks the eighth time in nine years Bargwanna has seized a spot inside the top 15 for the Championship.
After finishing 17th in this weekend's final round Brazilian Max Wilson recorded his best overall result in the championship since making his debut aboard a V8 Supercar in 2002.
The ex-Formula One test driver qualified for three top ten shootouts during 2006 and consistently finished just outside the top ten throughout the year to record 15th overall in the 13-round Championship. Since arriving in Australia Wilson has contested the Championship with Briggs Motorsport, Triple Eight Race Engineering, Dick Johnson Racing and Team Dynamik with his previous best being 17th position in the 2003 Series.
Todd Kelly won today's final round ahead of Mark Winterbottom and Mark Skaife.
While Kelly won the final round it was the chase for the Championship which all eyes were focused on. After entering the round a mere seven points apart Craig Lowndes and Kelly's younger brother, Rick, began today's final 32-lap journey equal on points.
When Lowndes encountered problems after an altercation in the final race it handed the Championship to the younger of the Kelly brothers. There is a further investigation being conducted regarding the incident.
The opening round of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship is the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide on March 1-4.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY----..
Jason Bargwanna - #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"While the result this weekend was far from where I wanted to be it was good to be able to finish 14th overall in the Championship," said Bargwanna.
"We showed this year that to be successful in this championship you have to be consistent and now we will turn our focus on improving on this consistency to move higher up next year."
Max Wilson - #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"This weekend the main thing for me was to make sure I finished inside the top half of the field for the Championship and I'm happy to have achieved that goal," said Wilson.
"The team has climbed a big learning curve since the start of the year and it has been pleasing to be able to finish as high up in the championship as what we did.
"We've now got a good grounding to start next year running and hopefully climb higher up the standings."
Mark Larkham -- Team Principal
"It's been a tough weekend but our focus was to ensure both drivers finished in the top 50% in the Championship," said Larkham.
"It is very pleasing to know we have been able to provide Max with the opportunity to record his best-ever result since joining the Championship five years ago and Bargs with another top 15 finish.
"Whilst we know there is plenty of work to do before we can move higher up it is very pleasing to have achieved our objective, particularly on light of the enormous depth of the competition that currently exists in the V8 Supercar Championship."
-credit: wps racing