MOMENTUM BUILDER FOR ORRCON AT ORAN PARK Larkham -- Orrcon Racing showed that it will be a force in the upcoming endurance races at Sandown and Bathurst with Jason Bargwanna finishing equal tenth in today's round of the 2005 V8 Supercar ...
MOMENTUM BUILDER FOR ORRCON AT ORAN PARK
Larkham -- Orrcon Racing showed that it will be a force in the upcoming endurance races at Sandown and Bathurst with Jason Bargwanna finishing equal tenth in today's round of the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway.
After starting from 17th position in the opening 54-lap race of the day Bargwanna drove at a consistent pace during the first half of the race to break into the top ten on lap 26.
The second 54-lap race didn't start as good for 33-year-old Bargwanna with an incident on the opening lap forcing him down 11 positions.
Showing the gritty determination that he is renowned for Bargwanna clawed his way back through the field to cross the line just outside the top ten in 12th for the race to finish on equal points with Paul Radisich for the round.
"Any weekend where you can have a top ten result it is a good weekend, we had a bit of bad luck today but recovered strongly to end up with a reasonable result," said Bargwanna.
"We got under the bridge (turn 3) on the opening lap of the second race and we were three wide, Mark Skaife was on the outside and tried to get back to the inside, he drove straight across the front of my car which turned me into someone else forcing me wide and I lost 11 spots in the process.
"To get back to where we finished is quite a good result and a good effort by the guys."
While Bargwanna's Larkham -- Orrcon Racing team-mate Mark Winterbottom may not have achieved the desired result he certainly showed tremendous speed during the final half of today's second race.
"In the first race I had an incident where I locked the brakes coming into the pits which left me nowhere to go apart from into the back of Glenn Seton that damaged the radiator putting me out of the race," said Winterbottom.
"Starting down the back in the second race I knew it was going to be tough to move forward but the car was going very well and I was putting in some good times, but a flat spotted tyre masked what could have been potentially a top 15 race result from back of the grid.
"After pitting to change my flat spotted tyre I was matching the times of the guys in the front group which gives me the confidence that we will be contenders come Sandown and Bathurst."
With this weekend's round being the final single driver round of the Championship prior to the co-driver events at the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 and Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst Bargwanna echoed Winterbottom's thoughts of being amongst the front runners in these two events.
"We have worked all year with those two races in mind, more particularly Bathurst, we have now got some momentum and aim to go to those races to get the results we deserve," said Bargwanna.
The round was won by fellow Ford driver Russell Ingall ahead of Championship leader Marcos Ambrose and Greg Murphy.
The next round of the Championship is the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 at Melbourne's Sandown International Raceway on September 9-11.