Oran Park: WPS Racing Friday report

CHALLENGING START FOR WPS RACING WPS Racing endured a challenging start to round seven of the V8 Supercar Championship at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway today. After both drivers, Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson, had shown good pace at the...

CHALLENGING START FOR WPS RACING

WPS Racing endured a challenging start to round seven of the V8 Supercar Championship at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway today.

After both drivers, Jason Bargwanna and Max Wilson, had shown good pace at the previous round in Queensland the team was confident of another good showing this weekend.

Unfortunately today's practice session didn't yield the outright speed the team was looking for with Bargwanna setting the 18th fastest time and Wilson suffering a spin into the tyre barrier at 150km/h.

Luckily for the Brazilian, and his WPS crew, the damage suffered in the incident, which occurred with 30 minutes remaining in the session, was more cosmetic than structural. After some impromptu repairs by his crew Wilson returned to the circuit with seconds remaining, albeit supporting some battle-scared panels.

The team will work into the night to ensure the #8 WPS Racing will be in perfect order for tomorrow's qualifying session and opening race.

Jamie Whincup set the fastest time during today's practice session ahead of Mark Skaife and Steven Richards.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--..

Jason Bargwanna -- Driver of the #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"This is one of the tracks that if your chassis set-up isn't on the money, you're in for a tough time behind the wheel. Clearly we have a lot of work to do in this area before we are where we should be," said Bargwanna.

"On the positive side of the coin, my time was only a couple of tenths outside the top ten so hopefully we can find some answers tonight and move up the order."

Max Wilson -- Driver of the #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"We were struggling to find a good set up during today's session, I'd just set my fastest first split of the session but I lost the rear-end exiting the corner over the bridge and backed the car into the tyre barrier. There was a lot of panel damage, but luckily the suspension was all ok.

"We'll sit down tonight and assess the data which will hopefully provide a solution and help me move closer to the front tomorrow."

Mark Larkham -- Team Principal
"It was a tough day today, I always expected Oran Park would have been a difficult circuit for us to sort out and giving the base we're coming from we knew we had some work to do," said Larkham.

"This was compounded by the incident with Max's car, so now is the time to show what we're made of and bounce back from here. I have a lot of faith in the guys and I know they'll respond accordingly."

-credit: wps racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Mark Skaife , Mark Larkham , Jason Bargwanna , Jamie Whincup , Steven Richards