WILSON HEADS HOME TURF DEFENCE FOR WPS/WOW RACING WPS/WOW Racing is expecting to end the first half of the V8 Supercar season on a strong note at Round 7 of the 14-event championship at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich, Queensland this ...
WILSON HEADS HOME TURF DEFENCE FOR WPS/WOW RACING
WPS/WOW Racing is expecting to end the first half of the V8 Supercar season on a strong note at Round 7 of the 14-event championship at Queensland Raceway in Ipswich, Queensland this weekend.
Wilson was a standout performer at the team's test circuit last season, making the Top 10 Shootout and finishing 12th for the round despite failing to finish Race 2 after to falling victim to a first corner incident.
Jason Bargwanna is also looking to Queensland Raceway to cap a solid first half of the season in the #10 WPS Racing Falcon. The former Bathurst winner lies 22nd in the championship standings while Wilson sits 20th in the #8 WOW Racing Falcon. WPS/WOW Racing currently lies ninth in the V8 Supercar Teams Championships standings.
The team completed a productive test day at Queensland Raceway last Wednesday, giving Bargwanna and Wilson vital preparation for this weekend's event.
The test also gave WPS/WOW Racing endurance drivers Grant Denyer and Michael Caruso the opportunity to test with the team and familiarise themselves with the Gold Coast-based team's two machines.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Max Wilson -- #8 WOW Racing Falcon
"This is our home track, so this is a race that we always like to do well at for our sponsors and fans," said Wilson.
"It's a big event and a big deal for all of us.
"We scored points at Darwin and learned a lot more about our cars at the test day last week.
"We are making progress and learning more about what the car likes in terms of set-up. We're definitely getting there and getting closer to the mark.
"I like the QR track because it is good for racing. If you are strong under brakes you can do well and car pass cars.
"Fans can see the whole track and if anything happens it is always a high profile incident because everyone can see it happening right in front of them."
Jason Bargwanna -- #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"The theory of having an advantage on your test track is a funny one," said Bargwanna.
"Jamie Whincup won at Winton while he tests at QR, and Garth Tander, who tests at Winton, dominated at Queensland Raceway last year.
"So I'm expecting this to be a tough battle, but one that we are well equipped for.
"Set-up is very important at QR, the track changes incredibly quickly over the course of a day, which should make the new qualifying format very interesting.
"Our test day at Queensland Raceway went very well and I still believe that a top 10 round finish is not out of the question. Top 10 finishes are the goal all season and our home track would be a great place to achieve a good finish.
"I'm expecting our recent improvement to continue at Queensland Raceway this weekend."
Craig Gore -- Team Owner
"The team is aiming for a strong result this weekend as we continue to make every effort to get consistent points finishes," said Gore.
"We have been making good progress and I have to take my hat off to the boys in the team for working very hard to keep things going well and moving forward as a group. But we can still do better and we will be working very, very hard at improving.
"Queensland Raceway is one of two events held in Queensland each season so it is naturally very important to us to do well in front of our home fans and sponsors.
"The team had a productive test last week so now we will see how we go this weekend in race conditions. It's vital that we keep scoring points and continue to improve if we are going to move up the championship table."