POINTS EARLY BUT DAY TURNS SOUR FOR WPS/WOW RACING
WPS/WOW Racing has added to its championship tally but suffered from some retched luck in Round 7 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich, Queensland today.
Max Wilson scored more valuable championship points for the Gold Coast-based team today in Race 2 with 14th position, but contact with Jason Richards in an opening lap skirmish in Race 3 damaged the #8 WOW Racing Falcon.
The Brazilian driver persevered with damaged steering but eventually retired as the problem worsened and the opportunity to score more championship points evaporated.
Jason Bargwanna was on track for a strong finish today, running well and chasing down a top 10 position when a brake problem ended his efforts in Race 2.
Bargwanna was moving forwards through the field and setting very good lap times in the #10 WPS Racing Falcon but developed a brake problem that eventually resulted in the car's front brakes deteriorating severely.
Bargwanna was actually on his way into pit lane to have the problem inspected by the WPS/WOW Racing crew when the lack of front brake pressure caused the rear brakes to lock, sending Bargwanna into a spin and out of the race.
The final race was always going to be a long shot for Bargwanna, who started from the rear of the grid as a result of failing to finish Race 2. The former Bathurst winner soldiered on and managed to climb to 23rd position by the end of Race 3, despite spinning early in the race after being clipped by Steve Owen after the two tried to avoid the ailing car of Steven Johnson.
Wilson finished 19th overall for the round to rise two spots to 18th in the overall championship standings, while Bargwanna, who finished 21st overall for the round, maintains 22nd position in the championship. WPS/WOW Racing maintains ninth in the Team's Championship.
Garth Tander won all three races to take victory in Round 7 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series ahead of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes.
Round 8 of the championship will be held at Oran Park Raceway west of Sydney on August 17-19.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Max Wilson -- #8 WOW Racing Falcon
"We had contact with Jason Richards at the start of Race 3 and it bent something in the front of the car," said Wilson.
"The car was not right from that point on and the more I drove around the worse it got. We were losing a lot of positions and had no chance of scoring points so we parked the car before something bad happened.
"It's a pity because we made a good start to the final race and were just outside the top 10. I felt I could race with those guys and get our best result for the weekend but it didn't happen that way.
"We scored points in two of the three races this weekend and had the car getting better and better. If not for the contact we could have had our best round.
"We will try to go one better and score points in all three races at Oran Park at the next round."
Jason Bargwanna -- #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"That is what you call a character building weekend," said Bargwanna.
"We had a good day on Saturday but Sunday was certainly a day to forget.
"The car was good yesterday and I think real improvement was possible today but once things go wrong and you end up at the rear it is very hard to get back to where you should be.
"It's a shame things started to go wrong with the brake problem in Race 2 because the car was great and we were headed towards breaking into the top 10 in that race and I was hauling in the cars in front along with Skaifey.
"It wasn't to be so we'll see what we can do at Oran Park."
Craig Gore -- Team Owner
"The boys never stopped trying today but things just didn't fall our way," said Gore.
"The pace of our cars was good but we had problems that held us back. At the start of Race 2 it was looking good but then Bargs had a brake problem. Race 3 was Max's turn to have a problem and we couldn't take a trick.
"It just goes to show how tough this game is. Our crew put in a good effort but we didn't get the result we were looking for this weekend. Bring on Oran Park."