Symmons Plains: Orrcon Racing Friday report

BARGS HAS HAD BETTER DAYS Orrcon Racing's Jason Bargwanna has had better days. The former Bathurst winner, who is celebrating his 100th round start in the V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains in ...

BARGS HAS HAD BETTER DAYS

Orrcon Racing's Jason Bargwanna has had better days.

The former Bathurst winner, who is celebrating his 100th round start in the V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains in Tasmania this weekend, woke up this morning covered in red blotches.

The marks covering his body confirmed that he had contracted Chicken Pox from his young son.

Bargwanna was checked out by a doctor this morning and given the all-clear to drive this weekend, but his other "off track" activities have been limited.

Bargwanna has never missed a round through sickness or injury.

At the end of today's rain-interrupted two-hour practice session "Bargs" was 24th while his young teammate Mark Winterbottom was 21st.

Neither of the Orrcon Falcon drivers had the chance to make use of their better practice tyres.

Bargwanna ended the session unceremoniously when he hit a wet patch of road, while coming down the back straight on slick tyres was sent into a gravel trap.

Today's fast time was set by Steve Richards ahead of Rick Kelly, Craig Lowndes, Jason Bright and Garth Tander.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--..

MARK WINTERBOTTOM

"We were actually quite good on old tyres," said Winterbottom.

"We put the good set of tyres on and then got held up for a couple of laps and then the rain came.

"We were in the top 15 on the old rubber which gives me plenty of reason to be confident about tomorrow.

"I think the spring may have lost its tension in the gearbox, because I had to hold it in sixth gear under brakes at the end of the back straight, which probably cost me a little time."

JASON BARGWANNA

"We actually had a pretty good session," said Bargwanna.

"We did not get a run on green tyres and we were quite competitive when everyone was on similar rubber.

"I am looking forward to qualifying and seeing what we can do on new tyres tomorrow.

"Unfortunately I was coming down the back straight when rain came across that part of the circuit and I lost grip and was sent across the gravel trap.

"There was not a lot of damage, but obviously we could have done without it.

"I actually don't feel too bad considering the Chicken Pox, it's just a pity they had to come on the weekend of my 100th start."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Jason Bright , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Steve Richards