Perth: WPS Racing Friday report

WILSON LEADS THE CHARGE FOR WPS AT BARBAGALLO Brazilian Max Wilson led the charge for WPS Racing during practice for the third round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway today. In a closely fought two and a half hour...

WILSON LEADS THE CHARGE FOR WPS AT BARBAGALLO

Brazilian Max Wilson led the charge for WPS Racing during practice for the third round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway today.

In a closely fought two and a half hour practice session, which included six red-flag stoppages to recover cars from the sand traps, Wilson and WPS Racing team-mate Jason Bargwanna traded lap times within hundredths of a second.

With 20 minutes remaining Bargwanna was the first of the pair to climb inside the top ten. Wilson followed his team-mate to set his fastest time around the 2.41km circuit on his final flying lap to be in seventh position with ten minutes remaining.

Over the final few frantic minutes of the session, times tumbled at the top of the time sheets and Wilson finished with the 12th fastest time and Bargwanna 16th.

Both drivers were pleased with their efforts during today's practice and are confident on improving their positions during tomorrow's qualifying session and opening 50-lap race.

Local favourite Garth Tander set the fastest time today with Mark Skaife two-tenths behind in second ahead of Craig Lowndes, Todd Kelly and Russell Ingall. The top 21 cars were separated by less than a second.

Qualifying will begin at 11:00am (local time) with the opening of the three races to be contested this weekend set to fire up at 3:00pm.

The local time in Perth is two hours behind AEST.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY----. Max Wilson -- Driver of the #8 WPS Racing Falcon "Our aim for today's practice was to make sure we finished in the top fifty percent for tomorrow's split qualifying session.

"At the moment the WPS Racing Falcon is not an easy car to drive and pretty unstable under brakes and also unstable when I change direction. Throughout the session we made a lot of changes to try to improve the car but there is still a lot of improvement to come which is encouraging

"Overall we are pretty pleased to be where we are . Now it's time to build on today's effort to gain a good result over the weekend."

Jason Bargwanna -- Driver of the #10 WPS Racing Falcon "While it's a little disappointing to miss out on the top fifty percent by seven one-thousandths of a second, overall I'm pleased with the day.

"We struggled with the set up of the WPS Racing Falcon early in the session with the car pretty unsettled under brakes but we made several changes which improved the balance and it was pleasing to be so far up. There are still a few areas that can be improved before qualifying to help us climb further up.

"The two biggest factors for this weekend's racing will be keeping out of the incidents, that are bound to occur on such a tight track like this, and preserving your tyres."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Garth Tander , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Jason Bargwanna , Todd Kelly