Pukekohe: Orrcon Racing Saturday report

BLACK CAT BITES ORRCON RACING, AGAIN! Following a character building start to the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship in Adelaide last month Larkham -- Orrcon Racing was dealt another bitter blow when Jason Bargwanna failed the opening race in New ...

BLACK CAT BITES ORRCON RACING, AGAIN!

Following a character building start to the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship in Adelaide last month Larkham -- Orrcon Racing was dealt another bitter blow when Jason Bargwanna failed the opening race in New Zealand today.

Bargwanna elevated himself up several positions during the early laps of the race before a problem during a tyre change in the compulsory pit stop dropped him well down the order.

On lap 14 Bargwanna found himself between a rock and hard place with no where to go when Andrew Jones spun Craig Baird into the path of Bargwanna exiting the hairpin. The impact caused damaged superficial damage to the front end of the number 10 Orrcon Racing Falcon along with piercing the radiator to force him out of the race.

Bargwanna's team-mate Mark Winterbottom also endured problems throughout the event. Firstly with a clutch not working efficiently and later in the race he was forced to pit for a second time due to his passenger side window coming adrift.

The unscheduled stop dropped the 23-year-old down the order to cross the line in 24th position.

Earlier in the day Bargwanna had qualified in 15th position with Winterbottom in 25th. The first 25 cars were separated by six-tenths of a second during qualifying.

Today's race was won by local hero Greg Murphy who was followed by Russell Ingall and Mark Skaife.

There will be two 50-lap races tomorrow with the first beginning at 12:05pm.

MARK LARKHAM -- team owner Larkham -- Orrcon Racing

"It has been a very disappointing day to say the least.

"As a team we dropped the ball today and were hit hard. In this business even the slightest human error can be enormously costly, as we found out today.

"Tomorrow is another day and I hope it is a better day."

JASON BARGWANNA -- Orrcon Racing Falcon #10

"The set up of the car seemed to improve over the day.

"We had a problem during the pit stop which really hurt our position. Then exiting the hairpin Jones turned Baird around and I was left no where to go.

"It is a very disappointing end to the day, especially considering we were moving in the right direction after struggling yesterday."

MARK WINTERBOTTOM -- Orrcon Racing Falcon #20

"During qualifying I wasn't able to get a clean lap with my new tyres which probably cost me a handful of positions on the grid.

"We seemed to go the wrong way slightly with the set up during today's race. It is now time to look towards tomorrow race with the main focus being to keep out of trouble and get some points on the board."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , Andrew Jones , Mark Skaife , Craig Baird , Jason Bargwanna , Mark Winterbottom