Pukekohe: WPS Racing preview

WPS RACING PREPARING TO PACE PUKEKOHE WPS Racing's Max Wilson and Jason Bargwanna are preparing to pace the Pukekohe circuit in New Zealand at the PlaceMakers V8 International, round two of the V8 Supercar Championship, this weekend. Wilson,...

WPS RACING PREPARING TO PACE PUKEKOHE

WPS Racing's Max Wilson and Jason Bargwanna are preparing to pace the Pukekohe circuit in New Zealand at the PlaceMakers V8 International, round two of the V8 Supercar Championship, this weekend.

Wilson, who currently sits ninth in the championship standings, will be aiming to continue the team's impressive start to the year.

"Pukekohe is the type of track where qualifying can really make or break your weekend," said Wilson.

"We had some very good race pace in the opening round but struggled a bit during qualifying. Since Adelaide the team has been analysing the data and working towards extracting more qualifying speed out of the cars.

"Hopefully we will reap the rewards this weekend as qualifying will be vital here.

"I think pit strategy and the time spent during stops will be very important this weekend due to such a short lap time. In Adelaide my crew was brilliant during the pit stops and I'm confident they will be right on the money again this weekend."

After attending the WPS Bathurst International Motor Festival at Mount Panorama last weekend Bargwanna is champing at the bit to get back behind the wheel of his WPS Racing Falcon this weekend.

"Last weekend at Bathurst was a lot of fun. I relish every opportunity I get to drive around Mount Panorama, it is always a buzz," said Bargwanna.

"The weekend was very relaxing and celebrated some of the history involved in Australian motorsport. My role over the weekend was to put on a demonstration for the crowd in the team's ride car and also provided the opportunity for fans to go for a ride around the circuit."

Bargwanna has previously finished inside the top five at the fast, tight, New Zealand circuit and is confident of being in the thick of the action this weekend.

"Pukekohe is one track that is full of character and one that I really enjoy. Personally it is one of the circuits that I think there should be more of. It reminds me a lot of the old Lakeside circuit," said Bargwanna.

"The season started really well for us, we probably didn't expect to be where we are."

"Our championship position probably doesn't show where we are at because we didn't finish the first race in Adelaide due to a wiring problem, but I reckon we're close to knocking on the top 10 at the moment. In saying that though, we still have a lot of work to do."

Practice for the second round of the championship begins on Friday around the 2.8km Pukekohe circuit. Qualifying and the opening of three races will be held on Saturday. Sunday will be highlighted with a pair of 50-lap races.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Jason Bargwanna