BARGWANNA AIMING FOR ANOTHER WINTON WONDERLAND WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna has been in the V8 Supercar Championship for nine years and throughout that time he has competed at 18 circuits. The one circuit which stands out as Bargwanna's ...
BARGWANNA AIMING FOR ANOTHER WINTON WONDERLAND
WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna has been in the V8 Supercar Championship for nine years and throughout that time he has competed at 18 circuits.
The one circuit which stands out as Bargwanna's most successful venue is the Winton Motor Raceway, near Benalla, Victoria. Prior to making his debut in the V8 Supercar Championship Bargwanna had been on the podium and taken victories in the Formula Ford and Formula Holden championships at Winton.
Bargwanna continued this success at the central Victorian circuit when he secured the first pole position of his V8 career, his second race victory and first round win in 1999. It wasn't just a victory, it was a domination of the event by the Melbourne based driver to lead every lap of every race.
"I'd finished on the podium in Formula Ford and won the round in Formula Holden but to take pole position, win every race and win the round in 1999 was something very special," said Bargwanna.
"Winton is a circuit that I really enjoy, like Barbagallo, Pukekohe and Oran Park it is a circuit which remains a real driver's circuit and what you could refer to as an "old school" race track."
Bargwanna backed his performance of 1999 up with a determined drive the following year to secure the second victory of his career.
The last time a round of the V8 Supercar Championship was contested at Winton Bargwanna was once again on track for a podium finish. He set the second fastest time during qualifying and was running inside the top five during the race before being forced to run off the circuit when two cars collided in front of him.
The Winton round will mark Bargwanna's 105th start in the championship and with Winton the venue he's tasted the most success at he's delighted to see the series return to country Victoria this weekend.
"In the past I've enjoyed the opportunity of having Winton as my test circuit, this provided me with a lot of in depth knowledge about the track and its characteristics," said Bargwanna.
"It's this experience which will hopefully provide me with a good opportunity at achieving a good result this weekend.
"While it may be a little bit disappointing we're not going back to China I can't wait to get back to Winton and put on a great show for the die hard V8 fans in Victoria."
Like Bargwanna, his WPS Racing team-mate Max Wilson has begun the year by showing some promising signs. The Brazilian driver has secured several top ten race finishes throughout the opening three rounds.
"So far we've had some good pace at every round but have had some bad luck which has masked this pace in the overall results. The team is continually improving the car so hopefully we can reap the rewards for their hard work in Winton," said Wilson.