TOP TEN START FOR BARGWANNA AT ORAN PARK WPS/WOW Racing has made a strong start to the Jim Beam 400 with Jason Bargwanna driving to ninth fastest in practice at Oran Park Raceway in Sydney, New South Wales today. Bargwanna put the ...
TOP TEN START FOR BARGWANNA AT ORAN PARK
WPS/WOW Racing has made a strong start to the Jim Beam 400 with Jason Bargwanna driving to ninth fastest in practice at Oran Park Raceway in Sydney, New South Wales today.
Bargwanna put the #10 WPS Racing Falcon in the top 10 for day one of proceedings at the 2.62-kilometre circuit to make it a positive start for the Gold Coast-based team.
Bargwanna made a steady start to the session before set-up changes improved the handling of his car around the twisty circuit, allowing the former Bathurst champion to push hard and set the impressive time late in the session.
Max Wilson had a steady day in the #8 WOW Racing Falcon, ending the session in 29th fastest after spending much of the first segment of practice in 12th place. The Brazilian had a brief excursion into the sand trap at turn two in the second half of the session, slightly delaying his progress and preventing him from making a late charge in an attempt to emulate his team-mate's form.
Rick Kelly was set the fastest time in today's practice session ahead of brother Todd Kelly and Lee Holdsworth.
Tomorrow sees qualifying and the opening race held for the Jim Beam 400, Round 9 of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Jason Bargwanna -- #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"We made lots of changes throughout the session and in the end we certainly found the right direction for tomorrow," said Bargwanna.
"I have to thank the crew for their efforts today. They all worked very hard and we worked through a lot of changes on the car over the course of the session and we came away with a good result.
"The work we have been putting into our cars is definitely starting to pay dividends and as we work away at the car set-up we are unlocking more potential speed.
"Traditionally we have made a move up the order between practice and qualifying this year, so it is nice to be up the front earlier in the weekend at such a tough track like Oran Park.
"We will put our heads together overnight and work at getting both our cars in the front half of the field for tomorrow, try our best and see what we can come away with for qualifying and the first race."
Max Wilson -- #8 WOW Racing Falcon
"We definitely tried a lot in today's practice and in the final stages of the session we were unable to makes the gains that Bargs displayed," said Wilson.
"I had a slight off at turn two when I was pushing and just went a little too deep under brakes. It was nothing major at all, just a small mistake and I was stuck in the sand.
"Bargs and I will put our heads together now and work with our engineers to get the best out of both cars for qualifying tomorrow."
Craig Gore -- Team Owner
"Bargs set an impressive time in the end of today's session and while practice is still early days, it is a positive sign to start the weekend," said Gore.
"The crew did a good job of working through a series of changes to the cars in today's session and in the end that enabled Bargs to punch out a quick lap time that gives us something to strive towards matching in qualifying tomorrow.
"Max did not enjoy the same speed late in the session but now we can work at getting him up there as well for tomorrow.
"It's still only early but the boys definitely deserve a pat on the back for their efforts today as we keep working hard ahead of qualifying and the first race tomorrow."
WPS/WOW RACING -- TEAM TALK
Max Wilson turned TV star this morning when the driver of the #8 WOW Racing Falcon switched from V8 Supercar driver to television presenter for his homeland's V8 Supercar telecast.
Wilson seamlessly reeled off line after line in his native tongue of Portugese, filming segments with the crew from V8 Supercar Television for the Brazilian telecast of the V8 Supercar Chamionship Series.
As the only Brazilian V8 Supercar driver (and the only Portugese speaker in the pit lane that we are aware of) Wilson was the obvious choice for the role, which will be seen throughout Brazil on the various networks that carry the championship coverage.
Studying his script and learning his lines this morning, Wilson even had to turn director for the shoot as he was the only person on-hand capable of reading the director's notes from the host broadcaster in Brazil, who had sent the notes, as well as the script, through in Portugese.