Barbagallo: Team Betta race one notes

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

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Series Supercars
Drivers Steven Johnson , Max Wilson , David Besnard , Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Paul Weel , Craig Lowndes , John Bowe , Todd Kelly , Tony Longhurst , Steven Richards
Teams Holden Racing Team