Surfers Paradise: Orrcon Racing Friday report

ON TRACK ACTION BEGINS FOR ORRCON Following two tireless weeks between rounds by the dedicated crew at Larkham -- Orrcon Racing Jason Bargwanna and Mark Winterbottom took to the Surfers Paradise street circuit for qualifying in the Gillette V8...

ON TRACK ACTION BEGINS FOR ORRCON

Following two tireless weeks between rounds by the dedicated crew at Larkham -- Orrcon Racing Jason Bargwanna and Mark Winterbottom took to the Surfers Paradise street circuit for qualifying in the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge, round 11 of the 2005 Championship, today.

With qualifying for the 32-car grid combined due to the inclement weather conditions gaining an uninterrupted flying lap aboard their Orrcon Racing Falcon's was vital for both drivers throughout the 30-minute session.

At the mid way point Bargwanna was holding down a position inside the top ten. Unfortunately for the former Gold Coast round winner he was unable to maintain this spot during the closing stages and will start from 23rd in tomorrow's opening 31-lap race.

After finishing inside the top ten in the corresponding round last year this weekend will be a test of character for Winterbottom who will start from 31st position.

Jason Bargwanna
Orrcon Racing Falcon #20
Qualifying Position: 23rd
Qualifying time: 1:52.8320 (+1.4021 from pole position)

Bargwanna's thoughts on today's qualifying:
"Quite obviously we have a lot of work to do before tomorrow's opening race.

"The Orrcon Falcon felt good during the opening half of the session but the track seemed to go away from our set up during the final stages.

"There are three long races ahead of us and we will be working very hard to move up the order."

Mark Winterbottom
Orrcon Racing Falcon #10
Qualifying position: 31st
Qualifying time: 1:53.7102 (+2.2803 from pole position)

Winterbottom's thoughts on today's qualifying:
"This afternoon is one of the rare moments when we just can't pin point one area where we are losing time. We missed the set up during qualifying and will be dissecting the data for a few hours tonight to find a solution.

"I had an engine problem late in qualifying which forced me to stop the car just after starting my final flying lap.

"The weekend will now be all about keeping my nose clean and picking spots up one by one."

Team Owner Mark Larkham
"As a team we didn't get the full potential out of qualifying. We now have to get our heads down and be exceptionally good with a strong race strategy to move up the order during the three races."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Larkham , Jason Bargwanna , Mark Winterbottom