WILSON TAKES UP THE CALLENGE IN DARWIN The V8 Supercar series continued today with perfect weather conditions and many Territorians taking advantage of coming out to see the two 48 lap races. The crowds were not disappointed with the...
WILSON TAKES UP THE CALLENGE IN DARWIN
The V8 Supercar series continued today with perfect weather conditions and many Territorians taking advantage of coming out to see the two 48 lap races.
The crowds were not disappointed with the spectacular show put on by the drivers.
Race 2 saw the drivers take to the grid in the position in which they finished Race 1 on Saturday, with Todd Kelly in car #22 taking the lead position followed by Mark Skaife and then Craig Lowndes in third position. Max Wilson in Wow racing Car #45 took his place in position 16 for the start of the race two today.
Wilson got a great start and appeared to be winning the battle with the opposition.
The tactics to stay out longer than the rest of the pack before taking the mandatory pit stop looked to be the right way to go.
Wilson was driving well and taking all before him, gaining several places. The advance saw car #45 climb to 14th position.
Whilst other battles raged throughout the race, Wilson then had a battle on his hands with his own car.
After a slight coming together Wilson's car began to lose power and finally the engine cut out altogether momentarily.
Wilson coasted for a short distance before the engine regained power enabling him to get back to the pits where the team traced the fault to a loose plug lead.
Loosing several laps Wilson was back in the hunt, but several laps down on the leaders.
Wilson finished in a disappointing 33rd. position. This was disappointing for Wilson who had hoped for a good result for the final 2 races.
"I am really disappointed that this has happened today," - commented Wilson after the race.
"I was hoping for a much better result this morning, but I am optimistic that the team can get the car repaired and I can do well in the second race later today. "
In the second race Wilson really had the job ahead of him starting from so far back in the pack. Again it was always going to be difficult to get through the pack to gain valuable places and points.
Car#45 did well to forge through the pack and again elected to take the compulsory pit stop in the later rather than the early stages of the window for the pit stops.
The safety car that had not had a great deal to do in race one on Sunday was certainly called on in the final race in several instances with many drivers coming to grief and not able to complete the 48 laps.
Wilson drove a calculated race that paid good dividends, driving the car #45 with consistency and talent form the entire race.
He was able to avoid the problems created by others and continued a good race for the duration. This resulted in Wilson bring home car #45 ion 13th position, a gain of some 20m places in this final race for the round at Hidden Valley.
"All I can do now is to plan my assault at Queensland Raceway for round seven of the series in three weeks time and work very hard for a better outcome for both the team and our sponsors" - concluded Wilson