SOLID START FOR WPS RACING AT WINTON WPS Racing has started round four of the V8 Supercar Championship with an solid first up outing during opening practice at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria this afternoon. Brazilian Max Wilson again led...
SOLID START FOR WPS RACING AT WINTON
WPS Racing has started round four of the V8 Supercar Championship with an solid first up outing during opening practice at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria this afternoon.
Brazilian Max Wilson again led the way for the team by setting the 15th fastest time with his WPS Racing team-mate and Jason Bargwanna 26th. Wilson's time was 1.16 seconds outside the top ten.
Such is the competitiveness of the V8 championship, the top 28 drivers were separated by less 1.5 seconds at the end of today.
Bargwanna won the corresponding round of the championship at Winton in 1999 and 2000 and is confident he will once again figure prominently following some improvements to the set up on his WPS Racing Falcon by the crew overnight.
Qualifying will be contested tomorrow at 11:00am followed by the top ten shootout with the opening race of the round to be held over 34 laps beginning at 3:00pm. A further two 46 lap features will be contested on Sunday, the first of which will be in the reverse-grid format.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY----.
Max Wilson -- Driver of the #8 WPS Racing Falcon
"I'm happy to again be competitive early in the weekend," said Wilson.
"For the majority of the session I was inside the top 10 to 12 fastest times, which was very pleasing.
"Unfortunately though we were take full advantage of our new tyres which dropped us out of the top ten right at the end of the session.
"I'm confident we will have a good, and consistent, race set up but will have to find a bit more qualifying speed for tomorrow."
Jason Bargwanna -- Driver of the #10 WPS Racing Falcon
"Today was a difficult day," said Bargwanna.
"We tried a variety of changes to the set up during the session, none of which seemed to make a lot of difference to help improve my lap times.
"The tyres seemed to take quite a while to get up to temperature which is something we'll need to get on top of for qualifying tomorrow."
Mark Larkham --Team Principal
"Max had a top ten car, probably about a P9 or P10 car, he was up on his first two split times before a red flag came out so that was a bit unfortunate. For the first two hours he was certainly always in the top 12 so we're pretty happy with how that car is going," said Larkham.
"We need to have a look at Bargs' set up for tomorrow, clearly he's not as happy with where he's at with the set up on his car comparative to Max at this point in time. The great thing about having two cars we can analyse data from both cars to move forward tomorrow's qualifying.
"I'd like to see the cars using their tyres a lot more. We need to generate more heat into them and make them work a bit harder on a circuit such as this."