TOP TEN FINISH FOR WPS/WOW RACING ON THE GOLD COAST WPS/WOW Racing has secured its second consecutive top ten result of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series at Round 11, the V8 Supercar Challenge, on the Surfers Paradise street circuit ...
TOP TEN FINISH FOR WPS/WOW RACING ON THE GOLD COAST
WPS/WOW Racing has secured its second consecutive top ten result of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series at Round 11, the V8 Supercar Challenge, on the Surfers Paradise street circuit today.
Max Wilson finished the Gold Coast-based team's home round in 10th position overall for the round, while Jason Bargwanna was one further spot back in 11th overall and was unlucky not to grab a top four result in the final race.
The results lifted Wilson into 16th in the V8 Supercar Championship standings and Bargwanna into 19th position.
Fresh from a seventh place finish at Bathurst two weeks ago, Bargwanna and Wilson showed impressive speed throughout this morning's second 27-lap race of the round to cross the line in seventh and ninth place respectively.
Bargwanna, a former winner on the Gold Coast, steered his #10 WPS Racing Falcon closer to the front of the field during the opening few laps of the final race. While the 34-year-old was engaged in a closely fought battle for the eighth position, Wilson was holding a spot just outside the top ten in the #8 WOW Racing Falcon.
Following the intervention of the safety car on lap five, which was deployed following an accident involving John Bowe, Shane Van Gisbergen and Todd Kelly, Wilson was shuffled down the order to 16th place.
The final few laps around the 4.47km circuit saw early race leader Jamie Whincup eliminated, championship contender Garth Tander receive a drive-thru penalty and several other leading contenders retire. During this time, Bargwanna was pushed down the field from a race high of fouth place after contact with James Courtney damaged his steering and forced him to limp home to the finish.
Wilson steered clear of the late-race carnage to cross the line in 10th position, two spots ahead of Bargwanna.
Victory in the opening two races was enough to secure the overall round victory for Tander ahead of Russell Ingall and Jason Richards. After failing to finish the final encounter, Whincup had his championship lead narrowed to 10 points over Tander. Wilson and Bargwanna are now 16th and 19th in the championship standings.
The next round in the championship will be held at the Bahrain International Circuit on November 1 -- 3.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY ...
Max Wilson - #8 WOW Racing Falcon
"This is a strong team result and I'm really pleased for the crew," said Wilson.
"We drove smart races and kept our car out of trouble. A top 10 result is always good and we got some points for the total.
"We can still improve the car, of course, but the signs are there that we continue to move in the right direction.
"It was great to get a good result for Craig, who was watching us from home, as well as for the crew, who have worked incredibly hard for us all week."
Jason Bargwanna - #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"I'm just proud of all the guys and their efforts today," said Bargwanna.
"We should have had two cars in the top 10 but the steering got bent in all the carnage and we just had to limp home.
"It was a pretty good result, it was just not enough because at one stage we were right up there in fourth.
"It was a big effort by everyone this weekend and our pit stops were great. This is a tough event but we pulled through and got the team a strong result and some decent points."
Craig Gore -- WPS/WOW Racing Team Owner
"Today the guys toughed it out for a good, solid result," said Gore.
"There were a lot of drivers out there getting caught up in a lot of mischief but Max and Bargs brought our cars home and collected some vital championship points.
"Both cars were either in the top 10 or on the verge of it for most of the laps in this weekend's races. The team should be proud of there efforts as we strive to make consistent points-scoring efforts like this one a regular occurrence."