Queensland: Orrcon Racing Saturday report

Once again practice and qualifying in the V8 Supercar Championship was extremely tight with less than one second covering the top 26 cars today at Queensland Raceway. On their home track Orrcon Racing drivers Jason Bargwana and Mark Winterbottom...

Once again practice and qualifying in the V8 Supercar Championship was extremely tight with less than one second covering the top 26 cars today at Queensland Raceway. On their home track Orrcon Racing drivers Jason Bargwana and Mark Winterbottom were right in the thick of the action.

Practice - Friday 2:30pm -- 3:05pm, Saturday 10:35am -- 11:10am

Weather Conditions -- Approx. 24 degrees
Practice Information -- Track traditionally is slightly slower in an afternoon session than early morning. One red flag in the second session.

Jason Bargwanna -- Orrcon Racing Falcon #10
Practice one -- 1:11.4094 -- Position 8
Practice two -- 1:11.3354 (-0.0646 on practice one) -- Position 15

Comments:
- Car was reasonably quick straight out the box but still a bit to go
- Team to changes suspension setting between sessions, car was more settled in second session
- Under brakes car is a little unstable
- Was on a fast lap before being forced to back off due to grass fire just off the track on the final turn

Mark Winterbottom -- Orrcon Racing Falcon #20
Practice one-- 1:11.9788 -- Position 22
Practice two -- 1:11.4022 (-0.5766 on practice one) -- Position 19

Comments:
- Car oversteering in almost every turn costing time with Winterbottom unable to take full advantage of power
- Made adjustment to rear wing during second session
- Changed rear suspension settings between sessions

Fastest time practice one -- Marcos Ambrose (Ford) 1:10.9895
Fastest time practice two - Steven Richards (Holden) 1:10.6441

Qualifying One (20 minutes) Saturday 1:35pm -- 1:55pm
Weather Conditions -- Clear and Fine, track temperature 27.7 degrees

Mark Winterbottom-- Orrcon Racing Falcon #20
Fastest Time -- 1:10.8738 (-0.5284 on practice two) -- Position 14

Comments:
- Second fastest in lower 50% session
- Team continued to work on changing rear suspension to improve time
- Was on a slightly faster lap during his last flying lap but suffered wheel spin

Qualifying Two (20 minutes) Saturday 2:00pm -- 2:20am

Jason Bargwanna -- Orrcon Racing Falcon #10
Fastest Time -- 1:10.9896 (-0.3458 on practice) -- Position 19

Comments:
- Consistently fast during first two sectors, losing time in final corner
- Made change to rear suspension during session
- Team will work on improving oversteer exiting final turn that is costing time on main straight
- Fastest time qualifying -- Jason Bright (Holden) 1:10.2957

Jason Bargwanna
"The car showed a lot of promise early in the weekend however the end of day was a bit of a disappointing result," said Jason Bargwanna.

"Such is the tough competition that we found just over a tenth of a second I would have been on the back end of the top ten, however at the moment we are at the wrong end of that tenth of a second.

"The guys have done a good job with the car, it is certainly a lot better car to drive and is very consistent which should put us in a good position for tomorrow's race."

Mark Winterbottom
"We had a dramatic improvement in the car from the first session to where we ended up in qualifying which was pleasing," said Winterbottom.

"Tomorrow is another day and I am confident that we will have some good race pace.

"The car is not far off being real good, for the majority of the final qualifying session I was inside the top ten.

"All day the car was very consistent that gives me a good feeling about tomorrow."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Jason Bargwanna , Mark Winterbottom , Steven Richards