Symmons Plains: WPS Racing preview

HORSEPOWER THE KEY TO SUCCESS AT SYMMONS PLAINS The Symmons Plains circuit, where round 11 of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship will be contested this weekend, has traditionally been a circuit where horsepower plays an important role. With...

HORSEPOWER THE KEY TO SUCCESS AT SYMMONS PLAINS

The Symmons Plains circuit, where round 11 of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship will be contested this weekend, has traditionally been a circuit where horsepower plays an important role.

With this in mind WPS Racing is confident it can continue to show good engine speed, as it did at Sandown and Bathurst, the traditional high horsepowered circuits, and be rewarded with another good result.

At the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 in September both WPS Racing Falcons were among the fastest cars along the back straight, where horsepower plays a vital role. This speed is courtesy of the work of Craig Hasted combined with the work of the dedicated crew and the skill of the team's two regular drivers Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson.

Hasted, who has worked exclusively for WPS Racing since joining the team at the start of 2006, has played a significant role in the improvement of the team and is a large part of the reason Wilson and Bargwanna are currently third and fourth in the Sidchrome Most Improved Award.

Affectionately known around the V8 pit paddock as 'Craigar', Hasted is no stranger to the front of the field both in his driving prowess and engine building. The 41-year-old was a former Australian Pro Stock Drag Racing Champion before retiring to concentrate on building his engine business.

Since beginning his own performance engine building business with wife, Rosie, Hasted has prepared engines which have held records and championships in a variety of categories of drag racing, ski and circuit boat racing and speedway.

Hasted also played a significant role in podium finishes for Steve Ellery Racing at the Sandown 500 and Bathurst in the V8 Supercar Championship.

"I started out as an apprentice motor mechanic before turning my hand to a specialist field in engine building and made the decision to start my own business in early 2000, since then the business has gone from strength-to-strength," said Hasted.

"We now have six employees, all of whom are purely focused on the research, development and maintenance of the WPS Racing V8 engines. With the V8 Championship being so competitive research and development is a vital part of any engine program and this aspect of the business has virtually doubled in the time consumed over the past year.

"We pride ourselves on completing only the highest quality of work and get the ultimate buzz when we see our engines at the front of the pack, hopefully we will see an example of this in Tasmania this weekend."

Hasted believes horsepower will play a significant role at the Symmons Plains circuit provided the chassis is set up well, this will also be the case in Bahrain later this month.

"If the car is right horsepower will be a pivotal key to success in Tasmania, the same goes for Bahrain. If a team hasn't got a good engine package in Bahrain they will definitely struggle," said Hasted.

Hasted's horsepower coupled with the Gold Coast outfit being a stable and happy environment from workshop floor to senior management have been the key ingredients of the team's rising performance throughout 2006. Bargwanna and Wilson are currently 13th and 14th respectively in the championship standings with three rounds remaining.

The Ferodo Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains, begins on Friday November 10 with practice in the afternoon followed by qualifying, top ten shootout and opening race on Saturday. The round is highlighted by a pair of 58-lap races on Sunday.

-credit: www.wpsracing.net.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Jason Bargwanna