Gold Coast: WPS Racing race report

BARGWANNA RIDES A WAVE OF CONSISTENCY WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna secured his fourth straight top ten finish in the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship by finishing in eighth position at the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the Surfers Paradise...

BARGWANNA RIDES A WAVE OF CONSISTENCY

WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna secured his fourth straight top ten finish in the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship by finishing in eighth position at the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the Surfers Paradise street circuit in Queensland today.

After finishing 11th in yesterday's opening race Bargwanna ran inside the top ten during the opening few laps of this morning's 22-lap journey.

While Bargwanna was holding strong inside the top ten his team-mate Max Wilson was on the charge from the back of the field after starting from position 27 due to an incident during yesterday's opening race.

Within eight laps, including three under safety car conditions, the Brazilian had elevated himself up nine spots to be in 18th when the WPS safety car was deployed to pace the field when Paul Dumbrell was spun and collected the wall.

Both drivers held their respective positions as the race continued with Bargwanna crossing the line ninth and Wilson 13th.

An incident off the start line in the final race eliminated seven cars near the back of the field. Closer to the front Bargwanna and Wilson steered clear of the trouble to be in 11th and 14th respectively.

Another good pit stop by the crew ensured Bargwanna stayed in touch with the top ten and Wilson made up another spot by the end of the compulsory pit window.

Despite a spin late in the race Bargwanna held on for his fifth top ten result in six rounds. Wilson was classified 17th.

The round was won by Todd Kelly ahead of Mark Winterbottom and Rick Kelly. Craig Lowndes continues to lead the championship by 30 points ahead of Rick Kelly. Bargwanna is 13th and Wilson 14th.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--

Jason Bargwanna - #10 WPS Racing Falcon

"For the fifth time in six rounds I've finished inside the top ten which is very pleasing and highlights our continued improvement," said Bargwanna.

"Eighth is a very strong result and rewarded the guys in the team for their superb effort during the pit stops in each of the three races throughout the weekend.

"In the last race I had a bit of a moment entering ANA corner and tagged the wall and stalled the engine. I lost a fair bit of time, and a couple of spots, getting the engine started again but overall I'm pleased with the result for the weekend."

Max Wilson - #8 WPS Racing Falcon

"From where we were yesterday afternoon the overall result wasn't too bad," said Wilson.

"We made quite a few spots in today's first race and made some changes in the set up for the final race in an attempt to make up some more spots. But the changes didn't quite work however I battled on and scored some points towards my championship tally.

"Overall I know that we're continually improving but there is still a bit of work to do before we can seriously challenge the front guys."

Mark Larkham -- Team Principal

"We came here with the aim of finishing inside the top ten and we achieved that goal," said Larkham.

"For the fourth round in a row the #10 car finished inside the top ten and it was another good effort by Bargs.

"It was a very strong comeback by Max today and if it wasn't for yesterday's first corner, opening lap incident we could have had both cars battling for a spot inside the top ten.

"The guys in the crew were nothing short of superb all weekend. All six stops were very slick and the pit stop crew played as big a part in the result as anyone else in the team."

-credit: wps racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Rick Kelly , Mark Larkham , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Todd Kelly , Mark Winterbottom , Paul Dumbrell