BARGWANNA AND RICCIARDELLO READY TO HIT THE DESERT IN BAHRAIN Kelly Racing V8 Supercar drivers Jason Bargwanna and Tony Ricciardello are ready to hit the desert for the Gulf Air Desert 400 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain...
BARGWANNA AND RICCIARDELLO READY TO HIT THE DESERT IN BAHRAIN
Kelly Racing V8 Supercar drivers Jason Bargwanna and Tony Ricciardello are ready to hit the desert for the Gulf Air Desert 400 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain this weekend.
Bargwanna enters the event, which consists of two 200-kilometre races, with confidence after a promising start to the season aboard his #11 Rock Holden Commodore last weekend.
Bargwanna sits 13th in the championship standings after the opening event of the season in Abu Dhabi and is now aiming to vault into the top 10.
The former Bathurst winner says that racing on the longer GP version of the Bahrain layout of the circuit for the first time could change the characteristics of the circuit, which is renowned for its low grip surface.
For V8 Supercar rookie Tony Ricciardello, Bahrain represents his second event aboard the #16 Super-Max Holden Commodore.
While Bargwanna has two previous event starts here in Bahrain, Ricciardello will be making his debut at the 5.41-kilometre venue this weekend as he aims to get up to speed in his first full season of V8 Supercar competition.
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Jason Bargwanna - #11 Jack Daniel's Racing Holden Commodore:
"Bahrain has often produced some fantastic racing," said Jason Bargwanna.
"It's probably a circuit with less grip that what we experienced last week in Abu Dhabi, so we will have to adjust for that.
"However we are on the GP circuit for the first time, which means there is a slight element of the unknown and it could also spread the cars out a little bit more.
"It will be interesting to see if the new section of the track will create better racing. I'm really looking forward to having a crack at the full circuit.
"If we can continue with these solid results in this first part of the season and then work on getting more consistent top 10s with the Rock Commodore, then we can start to aim for the podium."
Tony Ricciardello - #16 Super-Max Holden Commodore:
"We've had some miles now in the Super-Max Commodore in Abu Dhabi," said Tony Ricciardello.
"Last weekend also gave me time learning the engineer and mechanics on the team, which means I can hopefully make more inroads on the field in Bahrain.
"Bahrain is also going to be difficult in terms of the fact that I have to learn the track while most of the other drivers have been there.
"So I've got to learn the track while also working on set-up but I'm enjoying the challenge.
"We've got to gradually get better and better as the year progresses, so I'm aiming to make a steady start to the year and keep moving forward with every race."
-source: kelly racing