MIXED DAY FOR WPS RACING WPS Racing experienced the highs and lows of the V8 Supercar Championship during the opening race of the Bigpond 400, round six of the 2006 championship, at Queensland Raceway today. After securing a spot in his second...
MIXED DAY FOR WPS RACING
WPS Racing experienced the highs and lows of the V8 Supercar Championship during the opening race of the Bigpond 400, round six of the 2006 championship, at Queensland Raceway today.
After securing a spot in his second top ten shootout of the year earlier in the day, Brazilian Max Wilson secured his sixth top ten race finish for 2006 by crossing the line tenth in today's 32-lap race.
With very little passing opportunities on the 3.12km circuit a fast and precise pit stop was critical for securing a good result, and once again the WPS crew delivered Wilson with a smooth stop on lap 9.
Wilson's team-mate, Jason Bargwanna, set the 19th fastest time during qualifying and was on the move during the early laps to be on the tail of the ex-Formula One test driver in 11th position by lap 12.
Unfortunately for Bargwanna his joy was short lived as he began to encounter an electrical misfire on board his WPS Racing Falcon, dropping him down the order. As the race continued the situation deteriorated and the former Bathurst champion was forced onto the sidelines on lap 25.
Bargwanna's stranded car brought about the only safety car period of the race, which was won by Garth Tander. Jason Bright finished second ahead of young gun James Courtney.
Tomorrow's action will feature a pair of 45-lap races with the first being contested in a reverse grid format. Wilson will start from 20th with Bargwanna forced to the back of the grid after not finishing today's race.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY----
Max Wilson -- Driver #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"It was a good result. I didn't have a very good start and after the boys gave me another good stop. I let the car die exiting the pit bay so I lost a bit of time there, but at the end of the day I finished inside the top ten," said Wilson.
"The WPS Racing Falcon was strong throughout the race but I flat spotted my front right tyre in the early laps which cost me a bit of performance during the race. The car was strong so hopefully we can continue the momentum and move forward on the grid.
Jason Bargwanna - Driver#10 WPS Racing Falcon
"I was a little bit disappointing after qualifying as the changes we made overnight didn't produce the answers we were looking for," said Bargwanna.
"I made some good positions during the early running of the race and all was looking good for both WPS Racing Falcons to finish inside the top ten.
"Just after lap 12 I began to endure an electrical misfire when changing gears, which continued to deteriorate as the race continued.
"I believe we had a strong set up for the race but we're now behind the eight-ball for tomorrow however we'll be fighting on to try and regain some spots"
Mark Larkham -- Team Principal
"I'm pretty pleased with the car speed, I think that was very encouraging," said Larkham.
"It was a good clean race by Max, we're always happy with a top ten finish but I'm genuinely disappointed for Bargs. He deserved better than that, he was right there with Max in the race and had some good speed.
"All in all the pace was solid and roll on Sunday I say."