Gold Coast: WPS Racing Saturday report

BARGWANNA KNOCKS ON THE DOOR OF TOP TEN DURING INDY OPENER WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna moved up the order from his 15th qualifying position to narrowly miss out on a spot inside the top ten during the opening race of the Gillette V8 Supercar ...

BARGWANNA KNOCKS ON THE DOOR OF TOP TEN DURING INDY OPENER

WPS Racing's Jason Bargwanna moved up the order from his 15th qualifying position to narrowly miss out on a spot inside the top ten during the opening race of the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge, round 10 of the 2006 Championship, today.

Bargwanna, who won the corresponding round in 2002, made a good start to elevate himself up a couple of positions within the opening few laps around the 4.47km Surfers Paradise street circuit.

As Bargwanna moved forward his WPS Racing team-mate Max Wilson wasn't so fortunate. The Brazilian was hit from behind by Dean Canto in the first chicane on the opening lap which sent him into a spin and stalled the engine in his car.

When Wilson was unable to select reverse gear due to an issue with the clutch the WPS safety car was deployed and the ex-Formula One test driver dropped a lap behind the leaders.

As the race continued Bargwanna remained on the move forward and at the completion of the compulsory pit stops he was only placed only one position outside the top ten.

Despite some heavy pressure from Steven Johnson mid way through the 22-lap journey Bargwanna held strong to cross the line 11th. Wilson completed the race in 28th position.

Polesitter Todd Kelly won the race ahead of Garth Tander and Mark Winterbottom.

There will be a further pair of 22-lap races tomorrow to complete the round.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY----

Jason Bargwanna - #10 WPS Racing Falcon

"It's all good. Our aim was to move forward and we achieved that goal so now the plan is to continue our move up the order tomorrow," said Bargwanna.

"We are continually trying things and in the race we tried a slightly different brake package which took a little bit to get used to during the early laps.

"All throughout the race I was watching the skies and they were getting darker and darker, luckily though the rain held off until just after the finish otherwise life would have become very interesting out there."

Max Wilson - #8 WPS Racing Falcon

"I got turned around in the opening chicane by Dean Canto and I ended up only a couple of inches from the wall," said Wilson.

"As I went to put the car into reverse gear it simply wouldn't go in and I went a lap down as a consequence.

"Overall the car wasn't much different to yesterday during qualifying. It is now a case of salvaging as many points as we can towards our championship tally."

Mark Larkham -- Team Principal

"It was a good points haul for Bargs and by moving up four spots moves him closer to our target of having the #10 car inside the top ten at the end of the weekend," said Larkham. "Unfortunately for Max it's disappointing that he was turned around in the first chicane and we're investigating that matter.

"Overall it was a mixed day for the team, now the aim is to get through the two races tomorrow cleanly, hopefully that will lead to Bargs finishing in the top ten and Max recovering from today's disappointment."

-credit: wps racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Steven Johnson , Max Wilson , Garth Tander , Dean Canto , Mark Larkham , Jason Bargwanna , Todd Kelly , Mark Winterbottom