Bahrain: Kelly Racing race 2 report

BARGWANNA ENDS MIDDLE EASTERN SWING IN TOP HALF OF POINTS Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna has achieved an early season goal by finishing the Middle Eastern swing of the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series in the top half of the points ...

BARGWANNA ENDS MIDDLE EASTERN SWING IN TOP HALF OF POINTS

Rock Racing driver Jason Bargwanna has achieved an early season goal by finishing the Middle Eastern swing of the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series in the top half of the points standings following the Gulf Air Desert 400 in Sakhir, Bahrain today.

Bargwanna finished today's race at the Bahrain International Circuit in 14th place aboard the #11 Rock Holden Commodore and holds down that same position in the series points after the first four races of the year.

Bargwanna is pleased to have made a solid start to the 2010 season, his first with Kelly Racing, as he can now build on these results as he grows more comfortable in his new surroundings.

Tony Ricciardello also continues to improve aboard the #16 Super-Max Holden Commodore, scoring his best results so far this year with 21st position in today's race.

Ricciardello is keen to improve his qualifying pace over one lap but his consistency so far in races sees the West Australian sit in 23rd position in the points standings after four races.

Jamie Whincup won today's second race of the Gulf Air Desert 400 at the Bahrain International Circuit ahead of Mark Winterbottom and Shane Van Gisbergen.

The third event of the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series will be held in two weeks time with the Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide in South Australia.

KELLY RACING QUOTEBOARD

Jason Bargwanna - #11 Rock Holden Commodore:

"It's a great result to be able to come away with what we have from this weekend because we've stayed in the top half of the championship," said Jason Bargwanna.

"We did struggle somewhat with the Rock Commodore this weekend. We were out of the set-up window. We took a bit of a punt for that last race and it just didn't pay off and it really hurt the tyres.

"We were up in the top 10 but we didn't have the tyres under us to maintain it. We've shown good speed and we're going to turn that into even better results soon.

"I got a pretty good start. I passed Rick (Kelly) down into the first corner and I could see there was a bit of action going on down on the left so I aimed for the right, kept it tight and I figured that if I could get through we would be OK.

"I popped out of it and passed about six cars in the whole process so it was a good start.

"We're obviously starting to work well together as a team. We struggled a bit with the set-up this weekend and really that's going to be expected until I can get my head around what the car likes and Stu (Stuart McDonald, Race Engineer - #11 Rock Holden Commodore) and I can get a better understanding of it.

"I'm expecting that when we get to circuits where we can get the set-up right we are going to be very, very competitive.

"The team has obviously got the goods to do the job, we've just got to take that step with it and make it work."

Tony Ricciardello - #16 Super-Max Holden Commodore:

"In the race I was running with a lot of cars and beat them on pace in the Super-Max Commodore rather than having them just falling off the track so I was really happy with the result," said Tony Ricciardello.

"I'm a little bit disappointed with qualifying. We probably didn't get the most out of the tyres and went back a little bit.

"I have been to a lot of the tracks coming up, but I haven't driven some of them for a while. It will take me a few laps to get into it but these last two meetings have been on brand new, low grip circuits.

"I've been struggling with power-down and getting used to these cars is a pretty difficult thing. Hopefully when we get back to Australia we can get some good results."

-source: kelly racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bargwanna , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Tony Ricciardello