BARGWANNA BITES BACK AT BARBAGALLO Larkham -- Orrcon Racing's Jason Bargwanna fought back from a disappointing opening two rounds to finish round three of the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship in fifth position at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth this...
BARGWANNA BITES BACK AT BARBAGALLO
Larkham -- Orrcon Racing's Jason Bargwanna fought back from a disappointing opening two rounds to finish round three of the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship in fifth position at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth this weekend.
After two major incidents in the opening two rounds the former Bathurst Champion showed true grit and determination aboard his Orrcon Racing Falcon to finish inside the top five for the 19th time in his Championship career.
At the corresponding point in last year Bargwanna was fifth in the Championship standings, entering this weekend he was 33rd.
During yesterday's opening 50-lap race Bargwanna was on the charge from his 25th starting position passing 16 cars on his way to ninth position. Throughout today's pair of 58-lap races the 33-year-old maintained his consistency to "rack up" the points and move up in the Championship standings to 26th.
"The result this weekend was fantastic for the team, a real confidence boost," said Bargwanna.
"We have improved the car speed by over half a second a lap since last year around here but the biggest key to my result this weekend was the great pit stops by the crew and our race strategies."
Despite enduring a tough weekend to finish 28th Bargwanna's Larkham -- Orrcon Racing team-mate Mark Winterbottom believes the development by the team this weekend will hold them in good stead for the next round at Eastern Creek.
"Barbagallo is one of the tightest circuits in the Championship which makes for some great tough racing and this weekend was no different," said Winterbottom.
"There were a couple of incidents this weekend that could have gone either way for us, unfortunately they went the wrong way and dropped us down several spots each time.
"The best thing out of the weekend is that we have got a good base set up and can focus on further engineering enhancements as we head to the next round."
Stephen Richards claimed the weekend's round ahead of Russell Ingall, who won the final race of the weekend. Defending Champion Marcos Ambrose finished third for the round to maintain his lead in the Championship standings.
The next round of the Championship will be held at Sydney's Eastern Creek on May 27-29.