Queensland: WPS Racing preview

WPS IS MORE THAN JUST A TWO MAN TEAM It may be drivers Max Wilson and Jason Bargwanna who have received the accolades for the improved results attained by WPS Racing so far in 2006 but the pair wouldn't have been able to achieve their goals ...

WPS IS MORE THAN JUST A TWO MAN TEAM

It may be drivers Max Wilson and Jason Bargwanna who have received the accolades for the improved results attained by WPS Racing so far in 2006 but the pair wouldn't have been able to achieve their goals without the dedicated crew at WPS Racing.

Both drivers now top ten contenders at each round of the V8 championship, much of the kudos must go to the people behind the scenes in the Gold Coast based team.

The dedicated team is lead by team owners Craig Gore and Mark Larkham. Gore is one of the most passionate owners in pit lane and added to Larkham's experience in the sport on both sides of the pit wall, the pair are continually developing the team into a strong force in the championship.

Over the past six months the engineering department has spent hundreds of hours changing the geometry and various other aspects on the pair of WPS Racing Falcons to improve their on-track speed.

These changes are continually being implemented by the team's mechanics led by team manager Keith Evers. Evers has been a part of WPS Racing since its inception and believes that the team's current position in the championship is a result of the entire team striving to push for further success.

"Since January this year there isn't one aspect of our team that hasn't been reviewed and improved. This has allowed us to be more competitive on the race track," said Evers.

"The guys in the crew have been doing a good job preparing the cars in between rounds and have also been exceptional in their pit stops during the races. This has provided both Max and Jason a good opportunity to move closer to the front of the pack."

The team is high in confidence after a successful test day last week at Queensland Raceway, the venue for this weekend's Bigpond 400, round six of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series.

"We've really made some big steps forward over the past couple of months which was highlighted by a very successful test last week," said Wilson.

"Throughout the day the WPS Racing Falcon reacted well to the changes we made to the set up and continually moved forwards. The times I set were very competitive with those set by my competitors, which included almost every Queensland based driver, who were testing on the same day."

With limited testing so far in 2006 aboard the WPS Racing Falcon Bargwanna also relished the opportunity to get behind the wheel and further enhance the performance of his car leading into the team's home round this weekend.

"All year we have been testing on the run during the rounds so last week's test day provided us with an opportunity to really focus on specific areas which needed improving. I think we accomplished many of the goals we set out to achieve," said Bargwanna.

"Like Max, my car also reacted well the changes we made throughout the day which gives me some confidence and a clear focus leading into this weekend's round."

Unlike previous years the Bigpond 400 at Queensland Raceway will consist of three sprint races. The first 30-lap fixture will be featured on Saturday afternoon and a pair of 45-lap journeys on Sunday, the first of which will be started in a reverse-grid format.

-www.wpsracing.net.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Jason Bargwanna