Surfers Paradise: Orrcon Racing race two, three report

CHARACTER BUILDING WEEKEND FOR ORRCON RACING If success was measured purely by determination, commitment, expertise and dedication, then Larkham -- Orrcon Racing would be bathing in success. However, in the V8 Supercar Championship luck also...

CHARACTER BUILDING WEEKEND FOR ORRCON RACING

If success was measured purely by determination, commitment, expertise and dedication, then Larkham -- Orrcon Racing would be bathing in success.

However, in the V8 Supercar Championship luck also plays a vital role and the past two rounds haven't been kind to the Gold Coast team.

After Jason Bargwanna was an innocent victim in a multi car pile up at Bathurst the crew faced a mammoth task to be prepared for the Gillette V8 Supercar Championship on the Gold Coast this weekend. They were forced to work 16-hour days over the past two weeks to complete $100,000 repairs to his Orrcon Racing Falcon.

In the corresponding round last year Bargwanna finished on the podium, however this year wasn't so kind to the former Bathurst Champion. After qualifying in 23rd position he endured a gear selection problem in the opening race dropping him down the order before clawing back to 19th in the second race of the round.

Bargwanna's aim for the weekend was to snare a top ten finish. He was moving towards this target until he suffered the heartbreaking blow of a broken tail-shaft, which shredded a hole in the floor of his Orrcon Racing Falcon, forcing him onto the sidelines.

"What can I say, when the luck is not with you, it can make life very tough," said Bargwanna.

"The team did a great job to get the Orrcon Falcon back on track after the damage at Bathurst and it is extremely disappointing that I wasn't able to reward them for their dedication and hard work with a good result this weekend."

Bargwanna's team-mate Mark Winterbottom also suffered his share of bad luck throughout the weekend after moving up ten positions in the opening race. In the second race he was forced to endure a drive-through penalty imposed when a wheel from his car rolled into the adjoining team's pit bay during the compulsory pit stop. His rotten run of bad luck continued in the third race when his onboard communications failed resulting in an unscheduled pit stop costing him numerous positions.

Fellow Ford driver Craig Lowndes won the round ahead of Greg Murphy and Mark Skaife.

The team will now turn their focus towards the next round of the Championship at the Ferodo Triple Challenge in Tasmania on November 11-13.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Mark Winterbottom