Queensland: Orrcon Racing preview

HAPPY HUNTING GROUND FOR BARGWANNA During the opening few years of Queensland Raceway the circuit was a happy hunting ground for Larkham -- Orrcon Racing's Jason Bargwanna with the pint sized pilot finishing on the podium three times during the...

HAPPY HUNTING GROUND FOR BARGWANNA

During the opening few years of Queensland Raceway the circuit was a happy hunting ground for Larkham -- Orrcon Racing's Jason Bargwanna with the pint sized pilot finishing on the podium three times during the first four events.

After finishing as the second highest placed Ford team in the 2004 Championship, Bargwanna is aiming to provide the Gold Coast based team with further success in this weekend's Queensland 300 at Willowbank's Queensland Raceway.

Since joining the Larkham -- Orrcon Racing at the start of 2003 Bargwanna has been an integral part of the team as it continually "pushes for success" in the tightly contested V8 Championship.

At last year's Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge held on the streets of Surfers Paradise Bargwanna claimed the 13th podium of his career. This, coupled with the nine top ten finishes throughout 2004 rewarded the team with their best result in the Championship since their inception in the mid 90's.

"Our results last year and car speed simply didn't come overnight, it has been a very long process to continually build and develop the team to the point we are at now," said Bargwanna.

"As a team we are still growing and all striving towards the goal of standing on top of the podium. The guys in the pit stop crew work just as hard as Frosty (Mark Winterbottom) and myself in a quest to take the team to the next level and consistently be up the front of the pack.

"The team is based on the Gold Coast and Orrcon, our major sponsor, has their head office here in Brisbane, so to achieve a good result and hopefully a podium would certainly have an extra special meaning this weekend."

Bargwanna's Larkham -- Orrcon Racing team-mate Mark Winterbottom recorded his best qualifying position by setting the fifth fastest time and qualify for his first Top Ten shoot out during the previous round in Darwin providing the 24-year-old with a boost in confidence entering this weekend.

"It was good to get into the shootout in Darwin, now I have made one I want to get in them on a regular basis," said Winterbottom.

"I know that we have got some good pace on board both Orrcon Racing Falcons which gives me with confidence that we can achieve a solid result for the team on our home track in front of the large band of local supporters."

Round Seven of the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship begins this afternoon with a two hour practice session from 1:30pm. Qualifying will be held on Saturday with the 90-lap race beginning at 1:45pm on Sunday.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bargwanna , Mark Winterbottom