Pukekohe: WPS Racing Friday report

WPS RACING WARMS UP IN NZ WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson began their campaigns at the second round of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship by setting the 16th and 23rd fastest times during practice at Pukekohe Raceway in New Zealand...

WPS RACING WARMS UP IN NZ

WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson began their campaigns at the second round of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship by setting the 16th and 23rd fastest times during practice at Pukekohe Raceway in New Zealand this afternoon.

Highlighting the competitiveness of the category around the high speed circuit was the fact that the top 25 cars were separated by less than a second at the completion of the two and half hour practice session.

Wilson used this afternoon's track time to gain valuable testing data for the team and continually improved throughout the session to set his fastest time on his final lap.

The Brazilian, who qualified fourth on the grid at the corresponding round in 2003, believes there is more speed to be found on board his WPS Racing Falcon for tomorrow's qualifying session.

In the same year that Wilson qualified on the second row Bargwanna recorded his best result at the New Zealand venue by finishing fifth for the round.

Like his team-mate, Bargwanna tried a variety of set ups this afternoon in an effort to gain valuable data before tomorrow's qualifying session and opening 36-lap race.

Defending V8 Supercar Champion Russell Ingall set the fastest time on his penultimate lap of the session to snare the top spot by less than a tenth of a second ahead of Rick Kelly and Championship leader Jamie Whincup.

Qualifying will begin at 11:00am tomorrow followed by the opening race at 3:10pm. The round will be highlighted by a pair of 50-lap journeys on Sunday.

WHAT THE TEAM HAD TO SAY----

Mark Larkham -- WPS Racing Team Principal
"We used the first half of the session to learn more about the characteristics of the cars and as a consequence we made some significant changes to the set ups," said Larkham.

"Max did another good job to be 16th but we need to make sure we achieve the maximum potential out of a new set of tyres during qualifying tomorrow.

"Unfortunately we didn't see the potential from Bargs on new tyres today as he had just put new tyres on when a red flag came out. I'm confident he will move up the order tomorrow."

Max Wilson -- Driver #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"The car wasn't too bad but we didn't take full advantage of the green (new) tyres," said Wilson.

"For the majority of the session my times were good enough to be in the top 50 percent and hopefully we can be right up there tomorrow.

"If we can improve the car so I gain more out of green tyres I'm confident we will be knocking on the door of the top ten."

Jason Bargwanna -- Driver #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"We probably underestimated the track grip at the start of the day and as a consequence were chasing the chassis set up for the majority of the session," said Bargwanna.

"We gained some valuable data which should help us over the weekend and I'll be aiming to be in the top 50 percent tomorrow."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Russell Ingall , Rick Kelly , Mark Larkham , Jason Bargwanna , Jamie Whincup