DOUBLE POINTS FINISH FOR WPS/WOW RACING IN QR OPENER For the second time this season WPS/WOW Racing has finished with both its cars in the points after Race One of Round 7 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich,...
DOUBLE POINTS FINISH FOR WPS/WOW RACING IN QR OPENER
For the second time this season WPS/WOW Racing has finished with both its cars in the points after Race One of Round 7 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich, Queensland today.
Jason Bargwanna finished 14th in the first race of this weekend's round in the #10 WPS Racing Falcon, while his team-mate Max Wilson was one spot behind in 15th position in the #8 WOW Racing Falcon.
The finish netted the Gold Coast-based team three vital championship points, backing up from the opening race of Round 4 in Winton in May where Wilson and Bargwanna were ninth and 11th respectively.
Wilson got off to a terrific start of the 38-lap event, vaulting from 17th on the grid into 14th position. Wilson pitted for rear tyres on lap 10, while Bargwanna opted to stay out longer than most, a strategy that would pay dividends.
When Bargwanna did pit on lap 14 the WPS/WOW Racing crew performed a faultless pit stop, allowing the former Bathurst champion to jump into 14th position after starting from 19th on the grid, when both drivers again made it through to the second segment of qualifying.
Bargwanna could not catch Steven Ricahrds for 13th position in the final stages of the race due to a long brake pedal. Wilson, meanwhile, suffered oversteer problems causing his rear tyres to wear, making it a struggle for the Brazilian over the final 10 laps, although he held on to the final points scoring position over Dean Canto in the dying stages.
Garth Tander won today's opening race ahead of Mark Skaife and James Courtney, while polesitter Jamie Whincup was fourth.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Jason Bargwanna -- #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"This is a good start to the weekend," said Bargwanna.
"We stayed out a little longer and had a really good pit stop, which helped us move forward.
"I've got to take my hat off to the guys because they have been working hard over the last few weeks and today we can give this result to them.
"I was getting quite a long brake pedal towards the end of Race One, I think it might have been caused by a fluid leaking issue.
"The potential to get up there into the top half a dozen was there but the brake issue held us back a bit.
"I think we can hope for a better day tomorrow because if not for the brake we would have had a really strong car."
Max Wilson -- #8 WOW Racing Falcon
"The WOW car developed oversteer on the second set of tyres, which meant that we didn't have anything for Bargs," said Wilson.
"The car was good in the first part of the race and we got off to a really good start. After our stop the car ran well for the first six or so laps but started to develop oversteer and really started to chew the rear tyres up.
"For the last 10 laps of the race we really had no tyres left so I hung on the best that I could and managed to keep 15th, which is a very important position to hang on to, as it is the last car to score points!"
Craig Gore -- Team Owner
"Bargs had a superb pit stop today and that really vaulted him up the order," said Gore.
"This is a great team effort and the second time this year we have got both our cars home in the points in a race.
"Max got off to a terrific start, probably lost a couple of spots in the pits, then drove well to hang on to 15th when his tyres were going away from him and the car was a bit of a handful.
"Good effort from everyone and now we can aim at improving for tomorrow and keeping both our cars in the top half of the field."