Symmons Plains: Orrcon Racing Sunday report

TOUGH WEEKEND FOR ORRCON RACING Orrcon Racing's Jason Bargwanna only had one thought at the end of the Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains Raceway today -- "I just want to go home". The former Bathurst winner suffered with Chicken Pox...

TOUGH WEEKEND FOR ORRCON RACING

Orrcon Racing's Jason Bargwanna only had one thought at the end of the Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains Raceway today -- "I just want to go home".

The former Bathurst winner suffered with Chicken Pox all weekend and the thousands of spots on his body only got worse from race to race.

He was confined to the team transporter in between races and described the weekend as the toughest he had ever endured -- unfortunately it came when he should have been enjoying his 100th round start in the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

To make matters worse, Bargwanna actually had a reasonable start to the opening race today before he was turned around at the end of the back straight.

He came back on to the track in a group of cars and then had a coming together with John Bowe another 400m down the track which basically ripped open the front of his Falcon.

Bargwanna also had a reasonable start to the final race, but lost several seconds in his compulsory pit stop and lost track position before battling on to finish 27th.

Mark Winterbottom also had a tough day in his Orrcon Ford.

He had made up some spots early in the race, but his car jumped out of sixth gear and he grabbed the wrong "slot" while trying to get it back in gear and spun as a result.

In race three Winterbottom could not seem to make any progress and eventually finished 22nd.

The weekend was won by Garth Tander from Steve Richards and Rick Kelly.

Ford driver Russell Ingall leads the championship by 49 points from Craig Lowndes with one round remaining at Phillip Island in two weeks time.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY

JASON BARGWANNA
"That is the toughest weekend I have ever spent in a race car," said Bargwanna.

"For such a special round there was very little to celebrate.

"It is hard to describe how uncomfortable it was in the car. I cannot wait to get home.

"It looked as though I was going to get some sort of reward before David Besnard turned me around in today's first race.

"The end result was plenty of work for the boys during and in between races.

"We just need to head to Phillip Island in a couple of weeks time and finish off the season with a solid result."

MARK WINTERBOTTOM
"We have certainly had better weekends," said Winterbottom.

"We actually had a bit of car speed, but could not crack any luck.

"We just kept chipping away and, despite the overall results, think we actually made some progress which we can take into the final round at Phillip Island."

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Garth Tander , Russell Ingall , Rick Kelly , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , John Bowe , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards , Phillip Island