REWARDING RESULT FOR WPS IN DARWIN The hard work and tireless hours put in by the dedicated crew at WPS Racing is paying off in the form of some good results with the team finishing 11th and 12th in the Sky City Triple Crown at Hidden Valley ...
REWARDING RESULT FOR WPS IN DARWIN
The hard work and tireless hours put in by the dedicated crew at WPS Racing is paying off in the form of some good results with the team finishing 11th and 12th in the Sky City Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin this weekend.
Max Wilson's 11th and Jason Bargwanna's 12th placing marks the first time in the five rounds so far contested in the 2006 championship both WPS Racing Falcons have finished inside the top 12.
The team experienced the highs and lows during today's pair of 48-lap races around the 2.9km circuit with Wilson being forced onto the sidelines in the opening turn of the reverse-grid race before recovering to finish 10th in the final journey, one spot ahead of Bargwanna.
Wilson was one of the fastest drivers on the circuit during the final race and set the second fastest lap time during the early running. A good pit stop strategy by the WPS crew enable the Brazilian to steer clear of traffic and move up seven spots from his 18th starting position.
Bargwanna was also moving through the order during the early running to be positioned just outside the top ten by mid race distance.
Wilson and Bargwanna continued to show a competitive pace throughout the duration of the race to finish 10th and 11th respectively, much to the delight of Team Principal Mark Larkham.
"It was a very pleasing result for the team, the last race was very encouraging as this game is all about pace and both WPS Racing Falcons had very good pace in today's final race," said Larkham.
"I've got to say that we worked pretty hard as a team to achieve that pace over the course of the weekend, so we're pretty pleased.
"On top of the teamwork I saw in the garage this weekend, the mechanical reliability and that pace, there is certainly plenty to build on here and it's quite encouraging.
"This game is about continually improvement and this weekend our engineers spent many, many hours during the course of the day discussing what the options were for the last race, including strategy and as a result made some good decisions which turned into a good result."
Wilson's 11th place is his third time inside the top 12 for the year and elevates him to 14th in the championship standings after five of 13 rounds.
"Today's final race was a good one, the main thing for us, which I was happy about, was the fact that we improved the WPS Racing Falcon this weekend. We changed the car a little bit from yesterday's race to today's race. Unfortunately the first race this morning I didn't get past the first corner which cost us a lot of points," said Wilson.
"At the end of the day we had some good pace and we moved forward to recover a fair bit from where we started from, so it was good.
"The team did another great job, great pit stops again from the crew, the engineers did a good job improving the car and that's what we have to do, keep improving.
"Hopefully the second half of the season we will be stronger so we will start to try to move towards the top seven or eight which is quite achievable right now and that's our goal."
Bargwanna's 12th place was his best result of the year thus far and moves him five spots to 17th position overall in the championship.
"The hard work by everyone in the team over the first half of the year is really starting to pay off and this weekend was another solid result. To have two cars in the top dozen is a good result for the team at this stage," said Bargwanna.
"We certainly improved the WPS Racing Falcon over the weekend, we've still got some issues that we've got to try and get on top of, we're trying to 'mask' them up at the moment but I think a bit more development and we'll start getting on top of it.
"We've still got a lot of work to do but bring on the second half of the second half of the year I say!"
Today's races were split between Jason Bright and Craig Lowndes with the latter also claiming the round victory. Garth Tander finished second for the round ahead of team-mate Rick Kelly.
Tander leads the championship on 1324 points, eight clear of Lowndes with Kelly in third.
The next round of the championship is at Queensland Raceway on July 21 -- 23.