Symmons Plains: WPS Racing Saturday report

WPS PAIR MOVE UP THE ORDER DURING TASSIE OPENER WPS Racing's Max Wilson and Jason Bargwanna were two of the big movers during the opening race in the Ferodo Tasmania Challenge, Round 11 of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship, at Symmons Plains ...

WPS PAIR MOVE UP THE ORDER DURING TASSIE OPENER

WPS Racing's Max Wilson and Jason Bargwanna were two of the big movers during the opening race in the Ferodo Tasmania Challenge, Round 11 of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship, at Symmons Plains today.

During qualifying, Wilson set a time around the 2.4km circuit which was less than one-second behind the fastest set by Garth Tander. The Brazilian's speed earned him 20th position on the grid for the this afternoon's opening race. Bargwanna started the 42-lap journey four rows further back in 27th.

Wilson got an impressive start to move up a couple of positions prior to the opening turn, only to run wide on the next corner and lose over six spots. Seconds later there was action of plenty at the front of the pack when a multi-car incident forced the WPS Safety Car to be deployed to pace the field.

When the race was restarted on lap 7 Bargwanna was placed 18th and Wilson 21st. The pair moved up several more places to be in 15th and 18th when the compulsory pit stop window opened.

Unfortunately an air gun failure during Bargwanna's stop meant he lost several positions. Two laps later the WPS crew completed a faultless stop on the #8 WPS Racing Falcon to assist Wilson in moving up four positions.

Both drivers continued to push hard over the second half of the race to cross the line 13 places ahead of their starting positions with Wilson finishing 15th and Bargwanna 18th.

Jason Bright won today's race ahead of Mark Winterbottom and new championship leader Rick Kelly. Tomorrow's action includes a pair of 58-lap races with the first getting underway at 11:00am followed by the final feature at 3:30pm.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--.. Max Wilson - #8 WPS Racing Falcon

"I made a pretty good start but unfortunately ran wide on turn two and simply ran out of racetrack which cost me a few spots," said Wilson.

"During the race I worked hard, and the guys gave me another good pit stop which helped me to get back inside the top 15 at the end of the race.

"It has given us a good base to work with for tomorrow's two races and our aim now is to finish inside the top ten for the round."

Jason Bargwanna - #10 WPS Racing Falcon

"To move up nine spots from where we started from was a good result and has given us a direction to head in with regards to our set up for tomorrow's two longer races," said Bargwanna.

"I'm still looking for a bit more out of the car in certain parts of the track but to keep out of trouble and move up the order like we did is very pleasing."

Mark Lakrham -- Team Principal

"Today's results have given the team something to work with for tomorrow's two races," said Larkham.

"Our aim at the start of the weekend was to have at least one, hopefully two, cars inside the top ten. If we can continue the movement forward tomorrow I'm confident we will be around the mark."

-credit: wps

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Garth Tander , Jason Bright , Rick Kelly , Jason Bargwanna , Mark Winterbottom