RACE PACE STRONG FOR WPS RACING WPS Racing proved it is a serious contender for a spot inside the top ten in the V8 Supercar Championship with an impressive showing of race pace during the sixth round of the championship in Queensland this ...
RACE PACE STRONG FOR WPS RACING
WPS Racing proved it is a serious contender for a spot inside the top ten in the V8 Supercar Championship with an impressive showing of race pace during the sixth round of the championship in Queensland this weekend.
Following a mixed result in the opening race yesterday where Max Wilson crossed the line in tenth spot while Jason Bargwanna failed to finish, the team was confident both drivers had the speed to move up the order in today's two races.
Unfortunately for Wilson his confidence was short lived when he was caught with nowhere to go in the opening turn of the reverse-grid second race of the round when Will Davison spun near the front of the field.
The resulting impact forced Wilson to the pit area and eventually out of the race when it was discovered that the radiator was punctured.
Following repairs made by the crew between races Wilson started the final 45-lap journey from 16th position. The ex-Formula One test driver pushed hard behind the wheel of his WPS Racing Falcon to claw his way onto the back of the top ten and finish 11th.
While Wilson was forced onto the sidelines in this morning's race his team-mate was on the charge with Bargwanna making up 16 spots during the 45-lap encounter to cross the line 13th.
The former Bathurst champion continued his movement forward with a determined drive during the final race moving up seven positions from his starting spot to cross the line 21st. His result could have been even better if it wasn't for an opening lap incident that dropped him to the rear of the 31-car field.
The round was won by championship leader Garth Tander ahead of Jason Bright and Craig Lowndes. Wilson finished 12th for the round with Bargwanna 26th, results which could have been much higher if it wasn't for their respective DNF's.
After six rounds Tander leads the championship on 1642 points ahead of Lowndes (1604) and Rick Kelly (1597). Wilson is in 14th position with Bargwanna 21st.
The next round of the championship will be contested at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway on August 11-13.
Max Wilson -- Driver #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"One of the most pleasing things to come out of the round was the pace shown by the WPS Racing Falcon at almost every point in the weekend," said Wilson. "I certainly think a top ten finish was on offer but the incident in race two put an end to that. If we can get through a race weekend without any dramas top ten results will certainly come our way."
Jason Bargwanna -- Driver #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"The reality is that the weekend had a massive amount of potential but the result was far from living up to this potential," said Bargwanna. "By not finishing the opening race yesterday it really hurt us for today's pair of races as I was forced to start off the back of the grid, which made life tough. "The WPS Racing Falcon was very good in this morning's race, which was highlighted by the movement through the field. After being spun on the opening lap of the final race I fought hard to catch the field which used my rear tyres up a bit and cost me time towards the end of the race. Bring on the next round I say."
Craig Gore -- Team Owner
"At the start of the year we set ourselves a goal of knocking on the top ten by the end of the year and clearly this weekend the team has shown that we've achieved that goal within six rounds," said Gore. "The results don't justify Bargs' speed over the weekend and Max did a great job to finish just outside the top ten, despite not finishing the second race of the round. "As a team we've really gelled well and I'm very proud."
Mark Larkham -- Team Principal
"I think it's fair to say that this round had the potential to be a strong weekend, however the very nature of the game we're in means that when some things don't go your way the cost in terms of results can be high," said Larkham. "In particular Max's incident in race two put him out of contention for the weekend but to bounce back and finish 12th overall demonstrates that if he got some points in that race he would have been right up there. "Bargs was unfortunate with his engine problem yesterday, again, it's hard to recover from that in this depth of competition and that's reflected in the results. "However, from a performance point of view everything is moving forward and I say roll on the enduros."