V8 Supercars – Bargs: Worst Bathurst Lead-up Ever‏

October 8, 2011

V8 Supercars

Tyre shortages, cancelled sessions, engine changes and now a shunt in qualifying have made this year’s lead-up to Bathurst the ‘worst-ever’ for Jason Bargwanna.

The Jana Living Racing driver was on a great lap in the dying seconds of today’s qualifying at Mount Panorama, despite having missed all his practice sessions due to a lack of tyres yesterday and an engine change today.

If completed, the lap would have put him just outside the top ten but it all went wrong across the top of the mountain, ending in the wall and a full night’s work for the Jana Living crew.

Bargs says he is now looking to team-mate Jason Bright‘s 1998 Bathurst victory – which he won despite crashing on Friday – for inspiration. He and co-driver Shane Price will start 21st in Sunday’s 161-lap race.

Jason Bargwanna
Jana Living Racing
“Today, missing our practice session because of an engine change put us behind the eight ball. We made some alterations going into qualifying and were probably heading for a 2m8.2s on that last lap. I came down the hill and just kissed the fence on the right, which pushed me into the one on the left.

“It’s obviously done a fair bit of damage to both front corners. It’s repairable, but it’s sad for the boys because they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them. They’re a resilient bunch of guys though and we’ll be back tomorrow.

“This has got to have been my worst-ever lead-up to the Bathurst 1000. We’ve had cancelled sessions, weather, tyres, engine dramas and now this damage. For me to be going into qualifying with only two laps in the car all week is quite unique. Everyone else had chance to tune their cars and we were trying to do that during qualifying. But wasn’t it Brighty who crashed on the Friday in 1998 and went on to win the race? We’ve just got to get it right for Sunday and use all our good luck tokens then.”

Shane Price
Jana Living Racing
“The car’s really good and it was good to get out there on a drying circuit to make sure it was OK on a better set of tyres. Unfortunately, my laps were the team’s only running in the dry. If you look at the steps we were taking, we were going forward with the rest of the field but that’s in the co-driver session. It’s hard for Bargs to just rip it out after only doing two laps all weekend.

“In my session we were P1 there for a while. When we put the slicks on it continued the pace until the red flag, when I only really got out and did one flyer before our engine drama. I’m sure we would have maintained that consistency if I had had the run to the finish.

“I got a warning light for the oil pressure. The guys didn’t have any telemetry so they told me to shut the engine off. Something had completely gone wrong and they had to change the engine.”

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – 2011 V8 Supercars – Race 20
01 Garth Tander, HRT, 2:07.6640
02 Mark Winterbottom, FPR, +0.0547
03 Jamie Whincup, 888, +0.0768
04 David Reynolds, Perkins, +0.1731
05 Greg Murphy, Perkins, +0.2486
06 Craig Lowndes, 888, +0.3384
07 James Courtney, HRT, +0.3395
08 Lee Holdsworth, GRM, +0.4302
09 Shane Van Gisbergen, SBR, +0.4315
10 Steve Owen, PMM, +0.4771
21 Jason Bargwanna, Jana Living Racing, +1.4515

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