WPS/WOW RACING LOOK TO TYRE-TESTING CHALLENGE AT PHILLIP ISLAND
WPS/WOW Racing drivers Max Wilson and Jason Bargwanna have sighted tyre wear as crucial factor for the Dunlop Grand Finale at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this weekend.
The fast and flowing 4.446-kilometre circuit is one of the toughest tests for tyre grip all season, with the long fast corners testing the car's rubber to its maximum.
While qualifying speed is always an important factor in V8 Supercar racing, at Phillip Island is will be just as important to make sure you have a set-up that will ensure your car looks after its tyres and is consistent over a race distance.
Entering this weekend's event at the 4.446-kilometre Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Bargwanna is just one point ahead of Wilson in the driver's championship standings. Bargwanna sits on 109 championship points in the #10 WPS Racing Falcon, while Wilson is on 108 points in the #8 WOW Racing Falcon.
Both drivers have achieved podium success in the final round of the championship in the past, always a great way to cap a season and give a team confidence and momentum over the summer break as the crew looks forward to next year's championship.
Wilson claimed his first V8 Supercar podium in 2003 in the season finale at Eastern Creek and Bargwanna joined forces with Garth Tander in 2000 to win the final race of the season, which in that year was the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.
WPS/WOW Racing currently sits ninth in the Team's championship standings ahead of this weekend's three-race event, which concludes the 14-round 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series.
WHAT THE TEAM HAS TO SAY ...
Max Wilson -- #8 WOW Racing Falcon
"Tyres always play a big part in the car set-up and strategy at Phillip Island," said Wilson.
"If you have a car that looks after its tyres and also handles well on older tyres you are looking good.
"Over a long run at Phillip Island the tyres really take a hammering. We do three sprint races, so it's not as bad as one long race, but still the tyre really goes away over a long run so tyre performance is really important.
"We had good car speed with the WOW car in Tasmania but didn't get the results.
"The car speed is there so we'll be doing everything we can to get a strong result to finish the season in Phillip Island."
Jason Bargwanna -- #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"Phillip Island is a place all the drivers look forward to," said Bargwanna.
"Over the past few seasons it's developed a real end of season feel. It will feel quite different next season when we are down there for a 500-kilometre enduro.
"The tyres are tested to the fullest through those ultra-fast, long sweeping corners. If you get your car going well and looking after its tyres you can find yourself charging through the pack in the second half of the race as others have their tyres go away.
"It's always a good feeling to end your season with a good result and that is definitely our intention at Phillip Island this weekend."
Craig Gore -- WPS/WOW Racing Team Owner
"Phillip Island is one of the best circuits we visit and it's a really good test for all the teams," said Gore.
"It's very fast and there is not much room for error if things go wrong.
"No matter what championship you compete in you always want to finish the season on a good note to give you a boost heading into the off-season.
"We've shown some promise and made improvement this season. Now we have to finish the year strongly as we head into a bigger and better year in 2008."