WPS KNOCKS ON THE DOOR OF TOP TEN WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson both showed impressive speed to be in contention for a top ten result during the second race at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne today. Starting ...
WPS KNOCKS ON THE DOOR OF TOP TEN
WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson both showed impressive speed to be in contention for a top ten result during the second race at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne today.
Starting alongside each other on the sixth row Bargwanna got the better start of the pair to be 11th at the end of the opening lap with Wilson one spot further back.
A multi-car incident entering the final turn brought the safety car out on to the circuit to slow the field for laps two through until seven.
Over the ensuing laps Wilson moved past his team-mate and was on track for a top ten finish before he was forced to endure a drive-through penalty due to contact with Jason Bright. As a consequence of his penalty Wilson dropped down the order to 21st while Bargwanna moved inside the top ten.
Unfortunately a spin with four laps remaining dropped Bargwanna down the order but he had already shown his WPS Racing Falcon has the pace to be a serious top ten contender.
Steven Richards won today's 19-lap race ahead of Mark Skaife and Todd Kelly who passed Craig Lowndes for third exiting the final turn. Bargwanna crossed the line 17th and Wilson 21st.
The final non-championship 10-lap race around the 5.303km circuit will be contested tomorrow morning at 11:50am.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY----
Mark Larkham -- WPS Racing Team Principal
"Once again today was a very solid effort by the team and we are continually making progress with the WPS Racing Falcons," said Larkham.
"Both drivers had good car speed today. Max was a little unlucky as he went for gap that was there but it closed faster than a trapdoor and he was forced down the order as a consequence."
Jason Bargwanna -- Driver #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"Once again today was about getting to know more about the WPS Racing Falcon and working to improve our pace for when we get back to the championship races," said Bargwanna.
"Throughout the race I was sitting there watching a lot of moves in front of me and waiting for the right opportunity to make some moves of my own.
"I'm encouraged by the speed of the car, it was just unfortunate that I made a mistake through turn four which forced me into a spin and cost me a handful of positions late in the race."
Max Wilson -- Driver #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"We are continually working to improve the WPS Racing Falcon. The lap times during today's race were very good and considering I was in traffic for the majority of the race it's even more pleasing," said Wilson.
"I still have a slight problem with understeer but the times are quite competitive. I look forward to making some more improvements before tomorrow's race and using all of the data we've gained here this weekend to benefit us in the championship throughout the year."