Surfers Paradise: WPS/WOW race one report

DOUBLE POINTS SCORING EFFORT FOR WPS/WOW RACING WPS/WOW Racing has enjoyed a promising start to its campaign in the V8 Supercar Challenge, Round 11 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, on the Surfers Paradise street circuit this ...

DOUBLE POINTS SCORING EFFORT FOR WPS/WOW RACING

WPS/WOW Racing has enjoyed a promising start to its campaign in the V8 Supercar Challenge, Round 11 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, on the Surfers Paradise street circuit this afternoon.

After starting from the 18th and 20th positions on the grid, Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson made a steady start to the race to be running just outside the top 15 as the field made their compulsory pit stops.

The duo ran nose-to-tail over the final half of the race with Bargwanna, aboard the #10 WPS Racing Falcon, leading the #8 WOW Racing Falcon driven by Wilson while engaged in five-way battle for positions 13 through to 17.

When Jason Bright made contact with the tyre barrier exiting the first chicane on lap 24 the safety car was deployed, resulting in a final sprint to the flag.

In the end it was Wilson who led the duo home, both cars rising up the order to score points in 13th and 14th place.

Not only did the strong team effort give both drivers points, Wilson and Bargwanna will start closer to the front in the first of tomorrow's two races as a result of today's run.

Garth Tander won today's race ahead of team-mates Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY

Max Wilson -- #8 WOW Racing Falcon

"We made places of the course of the race and in the end even grabbed a couple of spots on the last lap," said Wilson.

"The WOW car worked well over a race distance and we kept our nose clean.

"We have the first race done now and to score points is a good result. From where we are starting tomorrow we are knocking on the door of the top 10.

"As always, it's going to be tough but we'll be giving it everything we've got to get a top 10, because that's where we want to be as much as possible."

Jason Bargwanna -- #10 WPS Racing Falcon

"Obviously this is a good team result with both cars in the points," said Bargwanna.

"It was a good all-round effort from everybody and we have two straight race cars for tomorrow.

"We will look to make further progress in the next two races and get the cars right up there. It was a good race today and I'd expect that there will be plenty happening in both races tomorrow."

Craig Gore -- WPS/WOW Racing Team Owner

"A good effort by the boys today in the opening race," said Gore.

"The good result not only brings us some more championship points but also gets Max and Bargs closer to the front for the start of Race 2 tomorrow.

"It was a great day for the Team Australia program at our home event today, but the big day is tomorrow."

BARGS TAKES MINISTER SPENCE FOR A HOT LAP

Jason Bargwanna gave Queensland Minister for Correctional Services, Police and Sport, Judy Spence a thrill she will never forget this morning with a ride in the #10 WPS Racing Falcon.

Spence and Bargwanna rode around the 4.47-kilometre Lexmark Indy 300 circuit to give the minister a unique Indy experience.

"The Lexmark Indy 300 is a superb event and today I experienced a side of it that I will never forget," said Spence.

"The skill of these drivers is something that you really cannot fully appreciate until you see them at work.

"Riding along with Jason as he steered the WPS car between the concrete walls was a fantastic experience."

-credit: wpsracing.net.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Garth Tander , Jason Bright , Jason Bargwanna , Jamie Whincup