ENCOURAGING SIGNS FOR ORRCON RACING Larkham -- Orrcon Racing may not have come away from Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway with the outright result they were looking for their confidence was boosted by improved car speed throughout the ...
ENCOURAGING SIGNS FOR ORRCON RACING
Larkham -- Orrcon Racing may not have come away from Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway with the outright result they were looking for their confidence was boosted by improved car speed throughout the weekend.
After qualifying outside the top 20 both Jason Bargwanna and Mark Winterbottom continually climbed up the order to be on track for a top ten finish during the second 36-lap encounter today.
Despite Bargwanna suffering steering damage during a turn one incident he used his vast experience to drive around the problem and continually move up the order to run as high as 12th by mid race distance.
"We came here with the thought that we should have more car speed than we had last year, and we did!" said Bargwanna
"Throughout the weekend we continually worked on the car and had a car that was fairly competitive in the final race.
"I am confident that the changes we made throughout the weekend will help us in China, especially in the high speed sections of the circuit."
Bargwanna's joy was short lived when an attempted passing move by Glenn Seton resulted in him facing the wrong way and into the path of his Larkham -- Orrcon Racing team-mate, making it a double blow for the team.
"In turn one of the final race I copped a hit which bent the steering and made the car tough to maneuver through the left hand turns and cost me a few tenths of a second each lap. After driving around the problem I was still setting some of the best lap times that I had all weekend and was on track for a top ten finish."
"It all turned pear shaped when Seto (Glenn Seton) went for a move inside of me on turn five that resulted in me being turned around and unfortunately Frosty was also left nowhere to go."
Winterbottom's race went from bad to worse when he was again caught in the wrong place in the wrong time as Jason Bright and Steve Owen got together to cause a six car incident.
"It is really a disappointing end to a weekend that was showed so much promise," said Winterbottom.
"I was just caught at the wrong place at the wrong time which ended my race less than a lap from home and caused a fair bit of damage to the front end of the Orrcon Racing Falcon. It was a real shame that we didn't get the result that the team deserved."
The Larkham-Orrcon Racing crew will spend the next three days repairing and preparing the pair of Orrcon Racing Falcon's prior to the cars and all pit equipment being air freighted from Melbourne to China on Thursday for the next round of the Championship in two weeks time.
Bargwanna finished the round in 16th elevating him four spots in the Championship while Winterbottom's DNF in today's second race dropped him to 32nd for the round and 25th in the Championship.
Craig Lowndes won the round ahead of Marcos Ambrose with Greg Murphy in third position.
Ambrose remains in the Championship lead ahead of Stone Brothers Racing team-mate Russell Ingall and Steven Richards.
The next round of the Championship will be held at the Shanghai Circuit in China on June 10-12.