Orrcon Racing Ready For A Wild West Shootout Orrcon Racing drivers Jason Bargwanna and Mark Winterbottom are aiming to continue their good pace this weekend as the Championship makes the trek to Barbagallo Raceway in West Australian. At the...
Orrcon Racing Ready For A Wild West Shootout
Orrcon Racing drivers Jason Bargwanna and Mark Winterbottom are aiming to continue their good pace this weekend as the Championship makes the trek to Barbagallo Raceway in West Australian.
At the previous round of the Championship in Darwin the team finished inside the top ten on three occasions.
With his impressive display in Darwin Bargwanna lifted the team back inside the top 10 in the Championship standings and is looking to continue his climb this weekend.
"There was definitely a possibility of being on the podium if things went our way in Darwin, we had good qualifying and race pace," said Bargwanna.
"This weekend there will be some uncertainties given the fact that the circuit has been resurfaced, given our good results so far this year I am confident we can continue our charge inside the top 10.
"Our results this year are rewards for the effort by the guys in the Larkham Motor Sport workshop. This is a team sport and the major part of our competitiveness this year is due to the work the guys put in, our success can be attributed to them.
"It is not just one area that has improved, it is the entire package, we are building on a good chemistry which is what is required for a successful team. As we get closer to the front certain areas become more profound and we are all focusing on these areas to ensure that we become one of the leading teams in the Championship."
Building on the confidence gained from a career best race finish in Darwin Winterbottom is confident heading to one of the few circuits that he has previously competed at, albeit in a Formula Ford.
"With every race my confidence in the car is building enormously enabling me to move towards the front of the pack," said Winterbottom.
"I have only been to Barbagallo once and that was in a Formula Ford where I qualified on the front row, the improvements we are continuing to make in the car will put us in a good position.
"We came away with a lot of solid data from Darwin which has assisted the team with the development and fine tuning of the car coming into this round.
"After the heat in Darwin I have really focused on my fitness ensuring that I maintain the highest level possible."
The Championship leader is Steven Richards (704) followed by Marcos Ambrose (694) and Greg Murphy (665) followed by Rick Kelly and Jason Bright. Such is the competitiveness of the Championship that between sixth placed Russell Ingall and Bargwanna in ninth there is a mere 76 points. Winterbottom 18th in the standings on 344 points.
Practice on the 2.415 kilometre Barbagallo circuit begins at 2:30pm Friday afternoon with a 35-minute session. A further practice session will be held on Saturday morning followed by qualifying, the top 10 shootouts and the opening 42-lap race. The round is highlighted on Sunday with a further two 42-lap races. All three races include a compulsory pit stop for a tyre change.