Clipsal: WPS Racing preview

WPS READY FOR SEASON OPENER The new-look WPS Racing outfit will take to the circuit for the first time during the opening round of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide later this week. Less than two months ago the...

WPS READY FOR SEASON OPENER

The new-look WPS Racing outfit will take to the circuit for the first time during the opening round of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide later this week.

Less than two months ago the Gold Coast team announced it had joined forces with long-time V8 Supercar identity Mark Larkham and a group of his key staff to ensure WPS Racing continues its evolution in the V8 Supercar Championship.

Since the announcement it has been all systems go for the dedicated band of engineers and mechanics combining their resources in an effort to prepare the two WPS Racing Falcons to be driven in this year's championship by Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson.

"It has been a huge task to combine the staff, resources and experience of the two teams into one outfit but I'm confident that we will be fully prepared for some very solid results as we build our momentum throughout the year," said team owner Craig Gore.

Bargwanna, a former Bathurst champion, has fond memories of the Adelaide street circuit finishing on the podium in 2000 and the 34-year-old believes this weekend will be a real test for all teams in the championship.

"It's going to be very unusual this weekend having Adelaide as our first hit out of the year. Normally we have the opportunity to do at least one test day before heading to the Grand Prix in Melbourne and give the cars a real shakedown in race trim but this year no-one has had this opportunity (with the non-championship Grand Prix event being next weekend), so it's going to be very interesting," said Bargwanna.

"The guys in the team have been working hard to ensure we'll have a competitive package for the opening round, now the focus is on getting a good result in Adelaide."

The WPS Racing pair completed their first test day of the year yesterday with a hit out at Queensland Raceway.

"It was good to be back behind the wheel again and shake out the cobwebs," said Wilson.

"The test day provided me with an opportunity build a relationship with my new crew and engineers. We continually improved our pace throughout the day to finish up with a package which I think will be quite competitive this weekend."

Wright Patton Shakespeare Financial Services is the parent sponsor of WPS Racing. It is joined by Orrcon, the steel tube and pipe manufacturer and WOW Sight and Sound as co-sponsors. Fish Liquor, Sikkens, DeWALT, Atkinson Gore Group, Big State Earth moving, Consolidated Construction, Cosworth, PRD Nationwide, Toolworx, Maui Jim, AAT Limousines and Revolution Racegear are associate sponsors of WPS Racing.

Opening practice for the V8 Supercar Championship will be conducted at 9:35am on Friday March 24 followed by qualifying in the afternoon. The opening 250km (78 laps) race will be contested on Saturday March 25 with the round highlighted by the second 250km leg on Sunday March 26.

-www.wpsracing.net.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Jason Bargwanna