WILSON CLIMBS BACK UP THE ORDER TO SCORE POINTS IN PERTH WOW Racing driver Max Wilson has moved into the top 20 in the V8 Supercar Championship Series standings after scoring points at the BigPond 400 at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth, Western ...
WILSON CLIMBS BACK UP THE ORDER TO SCORE POINTS IN PERTH
WOW Racing driver Max Wilson has moved into the top 20 in the V8 Supercar Championship Series standings after scoring points at the BigPond 400 at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth, Western Australia today.
Wilson initially scored points by finishing 11th in yesterday's opening race of the weekend, but was handed a 23-second on Sunday morning as a result of contact with the lapped car of John Bowe on lap 46 of the race, dropping the #8 WOW Racing Falcon to 23rd place.
This morning in Race 2 Wilson climbed five spots from 23rd on the grid to finish in 18th position. The Brazilian then moved further forwards, with the help of some slick pit work by the WPS Racing crew, to jump into the points with 13th in the third and final race of the weekend.
WPS Racing driver Jason Bargwanna, who opened his championship points account at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide three weeks ago, was unlucky not to add to his points tally in Race 3 today.
Bargwanna started from grid 22 after moving from 25th to 22nd in Race 2 this morning. The #10 WPS Racing Falcon changed to a better set of tyres and made a roll centre adjustment at the pit stop, drastically improving the handling of the car.
Bargwanna's charge was unfortunately stopped when he spun after contact with Dean Canto at Kolb Corner, but the former Bathurst winner still recovered and passed cars to reach 23rd.
Bargwanna lies equal 23rd in the championship standings and WPS Racing is 10th in the Team's Championship after two rounds.
Garth Tander won both of today's races as well as the overall round, ahead of new championship leader Rick Kelly and Mark Skaife.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Max Wilson -- #8 WOW Racing Falcon
"Finally we have our first points for the year," said Wilson.
"It made it hard to have to come through the field after the Race 1 penalty, but we did it.
"The car showed some good pace in Race 3. There is still work to do but there are definitely positive signs with how the car is going.
"We were running with the group of guys that are all knocking on the door of the top 10. When we can start in the front half of the field we will be a real chance of finishing in the top 10.
"The car improved as the weekend went on and was strong in the last race, both my pit stops today were fast and the team is on the up, so things are looking good."
Jason Bargwanna -- #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"We had a car that was capable of finishing in the points in Race 3 and it was probably the best we had the car all weekend.
"In the stop we put on a better set of tyres and made a roll centre change and it transformed the car.
"When we got back out there we were catching cars in front of us. If it wasn't for getting turned around by (Dean) Canto at Kolb Corner we could have risen all the way up to finish in the points.
"Both our cars have scored points now and we keep on improving the cars, so the signs are good for New Zealand."
Craig Gore -- Team Owner
"Both cars improved over the weekend," said Gore.
"We got Max up into the top 15 twice over the weekend and close to the top 10.
"The penalty was, in my opinion, an unfair call. If it was not for that Max could have scored a top 10 this weekend. He did an outstanding job.
"At the end of the day with a bit of tweaking both our cars will be challenging for top 10 finishes all the time.
"The boys deserve a pat on the back for today's efforts. We did some great pit stops and gained positions in the pits to help our drivers."