BARGWANNA ACHIEVES SEASON BEST WITH POINTS SWEEP AT EASTERN CREEK WPS/WOW Racing's Jason Bargwanna has finished 15th overall and scored points in all three races in Round 5 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Eastern Creek Raceway ...
BARGWANNA ACHIEVES SEASON BEST WITH POINTS SWEEP AT EASTERN CREEK
WPS/WOW Racing's Jason Bargwanna has finished 15th overall and scored points in all three races in Round 5 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney, New South Wales this weekend.
Bargwanna completed a consistent weekend in the #10 WPS Racing Falcon, showing the recent improvement of the Gold Coast-based team by running in the front half of the field all weekend.
The round result is the equal-best for the season for WPS/WOW Racing, with Bargwanna netting nine points for his championship tally, the same amount that team-mate Max Wilson achieved at the last round at Winton.
Bargwanna held off Jason Bright to finish 14th in the third and final race of the weekend, after earlier claiming 13th in Race 2 and the 15th and final points scoring position in Race 1 on Sunday.
Wilson was on his way to an equally impressive weekend this morning in Race 2, only to fall victim to a mechanical problem during his pit stop.
Wilson led nine laps while waiting until lap 18 to make his compulsory pit stop, but the Brazilian, who was shaping up for a top 10 result, was left disappointed when a problem with the wheel hub significantly delayed his pit stop and dropped him to 25th position.
Wilson eventually finished 23rd in Race 2 and could only manage 22nd in Race 3, failing to add to his championship points tally this weekend.
Wilson and Bargwanna now sit 20th and 21st in the championship standings respectively, with WPS/WOW Racing jumping to 10th in the Team's Championship standings.
Mark Skaife won today's Round 5 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series ahead of Todd Kelly and Jamie Whincup.
WPS/WOW Racing will be in action in two weeks time at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, Northern Territory for Round 6 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Jason Bargwanna -- #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"It's our best result of the year so we should be happy with this weekend," said Bargwanna.
"We achieved our best qualifying result, scored points in all three races and made an improvement in our car speed.
"We've still got areas that we need to work on, but things are going in the right direction and we are making progress.
"It's important to be scoring points as much as possible. Running in the front half of the field where you are scoring points in all races is definitely our goal.
"The team has worked very hard and we have more work to do, but we can be pleased that we are getting further up the grid."
Max Wilson -- #8 WOW Racing Falcon
"Race 2 was looking really good and it's just really unfortunate that we didn't get to finish where we deserved to be," said Wilson.
"That race was going really well until we had a problem with the wheel at our pit stop and we lost a lot of time.
"Once you are back in the pack it's very hard to get back through the field. We tried our best but did not get back into the points. It's disappointing to leave without any points, especially when in Race 2 we were looking at a strong top 10 finish, but these things happen and no one is to blame, so we move on.
"We will push on and work hard at coming back strong at Hidden Valley."
Craig Gore -- Team Owner
"Bargs has shown good speed this weekend and the team's hard work was rewarded with points in all three races," said Gore.
"The whole team has been working hard and our efforts our paying off with our cars moving forward through the field.
"Max had a very good chance of a great result but the problem at the pit stop in Race 2 cost him any chance of a points finish. That's extremely frustrating but we will press on and look to get both cars into the top half of the field again in Darwin."