Team Betta Electrical on the pace at Barbagallo. The "Brazilian Bullet" Max Wilson surprised everyone present today by qualifying ninth fastest for Race One today. Under sunny skies and in near perfect conditions Team Betta Electrical's Tony...
Team Betta Electrical on the pace at Barbagallo.
The "Brazilian Bullet" Max Wilson surprised everyone present today by qualifying ninth fastest for Race One today.
Under sunny skies and in near perfect conditions Team Betta Electrical's Tony Longhurst in Car 66 and Max Wilson in Car 65 performed consistently throughout practice and qualifying today.
Wilson making the top ten shootout and going on to register the third fastest time of 0. 58.33 behind HRT's Mark Skaife at 0.58.03 and HRT's Jason Bright at 0.58.22. Wilson drove a very smooth faultless lap in the shootout.
Wilson started second in the shootout's reverse grid starting position and held the fastest time until the two final contenders of the HRT cars bettered his time.
A marked improvement in handling of both Betta Electrical cars saw the cars being very competitive here today.
Longhurst finished qualifying in 17th position, however said he was very impressed with the cars handling which suited the Babagallo circuit.
The entire team had been working around the clock to prepare both Team Betta Electrical cars after the Canberra 400 where considerable damage was sustained to Wilson's Car 65 requiring a major rebuild.
The pint sized Brazilian can certainly pull the rabbit out of the hat when it comes to qualifing and the top ten shootout.
Race One saw Wilson start on the second row of the grid maintaining his third position behind the two HRT commodores of Skaife and Bright.
Skaife was amongst the first cars in for the mandatory pit-stop followed by Bright some laps later, leaving Wilson to take over the lead which he maintained until making his pit-stop around mid-term through the race.
Wilson returned to the circuit behind the Valvoline Commodore of Bargwanna and ahead of John Bowe's Ozemail Falcon.
Wilson's lunge to pass Bargwanna coming into Novus Corner under brakes proved costly as he swung wide off the circuit allowing both cars a clear passage past.
The race was a true spectacle for spectators and would have to rate amongst the best series this year without major incident and with 31 of the 32 cars finishing the race in tact. Only Steven Johnson in the Shell Helix car did not finish the 42 lap race.
Both Longhurst and Wilson are confident of their cars performance and handling capabilities for tomorrow's two remaining races. Longhurst finished 11th and Wilson finished 13th.
Wilson stated he wants to show the Brazilian soccer team how winning can be achieved with sheer determination!
Wilson has not missed watching a match of his favourite soccer team throughout the World Cup event.
<pre> RESULTS OF RACE ONE:
Pos Car Entrant Driver Vehicle Laps Race Time Fastest Lap/Time 1 1 Holden Racing Team Mark Skaife Holden Commodore VX 42 42:41.1383 3 0:59.0570 2 2 Holden Racing Team Jason Bright Holden Commodore VX 42 42:41.9048 3 0:59.0690 3 51 K-Mart Racing Team Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VX 42 42:42.5371 7 0:59.1465 4 15 K-Mart Racing Team Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VX 42 42:51.2354 6 0:58.7621 5 00 Ford/Mobil/Dunlop Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon AU 42 42:54.3805 6 0:59.3538 6 8 Castrol Perkins Race Team Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VX 42 42:58.2520 6 0:59.3546 7 4 Pirtek Racing Marcos Ambrose Ford Falcon AU 42 42:58.4141 6 0:59.4220 8 9 Caltex Havoline Race Team David Besnard Ford Falcon AU 42 43:06.2237 8 0:59.1327 9 16 Castrol Perkins Race Team Steven Richards Holden Commodore VX 42 43:09.3126 4 0:59.6143 10 888 OzEmail Racing Team John Bowe Ford Falcon AU 42 43:09.5706 5 0:59.1952 11 66 Betta Electrical Tony Longhurst Ford Falcon AU 42 43:10.5402 8 0:59.5420 12 43 K&J Thermal Products/Dupont Paul Weel Ford Falcon AU 42 43:10.8698 6 0:59.8997 13 65 Betta Electrical Max Wilson Ford Falcon AU 42 43:11.2936 6 0:59.1480