Wilson puts the WOW back into V8 Supercars - Finishing an impressive 5th in Shanghai Spectacular scenes took place at Shanghai's International Race Circuit today, making Round 5 of this year's V8 Supercar Championship series a ...
Wilson puts the WOW back into V8 Supercars - Finishing an impressive 5th in Shanghai
Spectacular scenes took place at Shanghai's International Race Circuit today, making Round 5 of this year's V8 Supercar Championship series a true milestone.
From the truly spectacular race circuit through to the officials, organizers and vast audience of Chinese spectators, the entire event was nothing short of spectacular.
WOW Racing approached the event cautiously, not knowing what to expect from such as major logistical event that had been four years in the making. Team driver, Max Wilson said, " I have been constantly surprised by the hospitality of the Chinese people, the organisation they have put into this event and not least the circuit itself."
"It has been one incredible experience for both myself and the team."
Round 5 Round -Up
Wilson got off to a flying start in the Friday Practice session, posting the 7th fastest time of 1:50.5677 just seven tenths of a second behind Mark Skaife who led the field with the fastest time of the day. Saturday's qualifying session saw Wilson battle to find the desired car set-up for balance through some of the tighter corners of the circuit. Wilson finished the session in a disappointing 26th position for Race 1.
Again Mark Skaife of the Holden Racing Team posted the fastest qualifying time of 1:49.6053 setting a cracking pace for the balance of the field to match.
Wilson in the WOW Commodore had a clean start making up six positions by Lap 7, only to have a rock penetrate the radiator of the WOW Commodore on the very next lap.
"I was so disappointed." said Wilson, "the car felt so much better than in qualifying and I was confident I could steer it through to the leading bunch. " I felt sorry for the team, we seem to have had more than our share of bad luck over recent rounds, and I thought this would be a real change for the team.
Wilson, starting from the rear of the grid, had the job ahead of him. He didn't disappoint his supporters, climbing through the back markers into 20th spot by the fifteenth lap.
By Lap 18 Wilson had gained another 6 places and settled into 14th position for the remainder of the second 30 Lap race.
"I was really pleased with my effort in this race," said Wilson. " I was determined to get through the field as quickly as possible, however I just couldn't make the gains required to catch the leading cars."
Starting from 14th position on the grid gave Wilson a definite advantage over the previous two races. By Lap 8 Wilson had gained 5 places to 9th position, pitting for tyres on the next lap. By lap 11 Wilson gained another 3 positions finding himself in 6th spot.
Wilson continued to push hard passing another two cars by lap 15 and settling into 6th position outright.
Lap 19 saw a very determined Jamie Whincup lunge down the inside of Wilson at the hairpin, relegating Wilson back to 5th position, where he remained for the remainder of the race.
"It was a tough race," said Wilson, but I'm pleased for both myself and the team," he said. "Lets hope we have seen the last of the team's bad luck and we can now move forward. "
"It was a good race, I pushed as hard as I could , I put in my fastest lap on lap 27, but after that I decided to back off a little to make sure I finished." "I am happy to be able to bring the car home in 5th position and it's a nice way to finish this round."
"In saying that, I want to be in the top three at Darwin and I'm putting the other teams on notice."
Team owner Tony Longhurst reiterated Wilson's comments, adding "this round will be very hard to better, I must take my hat off to all concerned, it has exceeded my wildest expectations, and I can see where a new dawn has surfaced whereby V8 Supercars can now be taken to the world.