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Jason Bargwanna

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Jason Bargwanna
NationalityAustralia Australian
Supercars Record
Series championships0
Race wins7
Podium finishes23
Pole positions3

Jason Bargwanna (born 26 April 1972 in Sydney) is an Australian motor racing driver. Best known as a Supercars Championship competitor, Bargwanna raced in the series for 15 years, the pinnacle of which was winning, with Garth Tander, the 2000 Bathurst 1000 in a Garry Rogers Motorsport prepared Holden Commodore VT. Bargwanna was the Driving Standards Observer for the Supercars Championship from 2014 until 2016 and on the Karting Australia Events and Sporting Committee.[1]

Career history

Bargwanna commenced his racing career in the late 1980s, initially competing in the Formula Vee category. He made his Bathurst 1000 début while still a teenager in 1990 and won the 1992 Bathurst 1600 cc class at 20, with his cousin Scott, however a lack of funding limited his motor sport participation for the next few seasons and he pursued a career in the financial sector.

His career finally started to move forward in 1995, racing in the Australian Formula Ford Championship. He impressed in his seven-year-old Reynard, racing against younger drivers with the latest cars from Van Diemen and Swift and against drivers of the caliber of Jason Bright and Mark Webber. His 1995 showing allowed him to attract the budget to run a campaign with late model equipment in 1996 and he finished second in the championship to Van Diemen's factory supported driver, David Besnard. He also represented Australia in the EFDA Nations Cup in both 1995 and 1996. A move to Formula Holden resulted in second place in the 1997 Australian Drivers' Championship with SH Racing.

V8 Supercars

As a member of the Holden Young Lions V8 Supercar program in 1997, he surprised many by taking provisional pole position in the #97 Holden Commodore at the Bathurst 1000 Classic only to damage the car beyond repair in a race day warm up accident. His career further advanced in 1998 with a move full-time to Garry Rogers Motorsport, where he stayed for five years. Bargwanna is best known for winning the 2000 Bathurst 1000 with Garth Tander for that team. He also scored two round wins at the Winton event in 1999 and 2000 and at the inaugural championship round supporting the Gold Coast Indy 300, the V8 Supercar Challenge, in 2002.

In 2003, Bargwanna switched to Ford and drove for Larkham Motor Sport from 2003 to 2005. In 2006, Larkham Motor Sport merged with WPS Racing, the team folding immediately prior to the 2008 season and leaving Bargwanna without a full-time drive. He did however co-drove a Holden Commodore VE for Rod Nash Racing alongside Tony D'Alberto in the 2008 Phillip Island 500 and the Bathurst 1000 endurance races.

Bargwanna joined Tasman Motorsport for 2009 and, following the closure of that team at the end of the season,[2] he joined Kelly Racing for 2010.[3] He was also voted in the top 50 all time Australian Touring car drivers in 2010.[4] In 2011 Bargwanna drove a Brad Jones Racing Commodore alongside his junior open-wheel rival, Jason Bright.[5]

In 2014, Bargwanna was appointed as the Driver Standards Observer for the Supercars Championship.[6] Bargwanna left the post at the end of 2016.[7]

New Zealand V8

In late 2011, Bargwanna left the V8 Supercars Australia and joined the New Zealand V8. He resulted runner-up in the 2011/12 season behind Angus Fogg, collecting a round win and podiums in the six rounds driving a Tulloch Ford Falcon. The team switched to a Holden Commodore for the 2013 season. The driver won nine out of 15 races and got the TLX title.

Personal life

Bargwanna is married to former Peter Brock employee Debbie has two children Jake and Ben and lives in Warragul, Victoria. His father, Harry Bargwanna, himself an Australian champion racing driver, owns and operates a mechanical repair shop in the Southern Sydney suburb of Engadine. His uncle Alf (Harry's twin brother) and cousin Scott are also national level race drivers. Bargwanna attended Heathcote High School in Sydney. Bargwanna owns two Red Rooster franchises in Hastings and Pakenham, Victoria.[8]

Career results

Season Series Position Car Team
1994 Australian Formula Ford Championship 18th Reynard FF88 Ford Ugly Kid Racing
1995 Australian Formula Ford Championship 9th Reynard FF88 Ford Ugly Kid Racing
EFDA Nations Cup 11th † Van DiemenOpel Team Australia
1996 Australian Formula Ford Championship 2nd Spectrum 05c Ford Team Arrow
EFDA Nations Cup 8th † Van DiemenOpel Team Australia
1997 Australian Drivers' Championship 2nd Reynard 92D Holden SH Racing
1998 Australian Touring Car Championship 7th Holden VS Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
1999 Shell Championship Series 11th Holden VT Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2000 Shell Championship Series 7th Holden VT Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2001 Shell Championship Series 15th Holden VX Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 13th Holden VX Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 14th Ford AU Falcon
Ford BA Falcon
Larkham Motor Sport
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 8th Ford BA Falcon Larkham Motor Sport
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 26th Ford BA Falcon Larkham Motor Sport
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 14th Ford BA Falcon WPS Racing
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 18th Ford BF Falcon WPS Racing
2008 Australian Mini Challenge 4th Mini Cooper Bargwanna Motorsport
V8 Supercar Championship Series 61st Holden VE Commodore Tony D'Alberto Racing
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 25th Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 24th Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2010-11 New Zealand V8 Touring Cars 11th Ford BA Falcon Tulloch Motorsport
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 22nd Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2011-12 New Zealand V8 Touring Cars 2nd Ford BA Falcon Tulloch Motorsport
2013 New Zealand V8 Touring Cars - TLX Class 1st Holden VE Commodore Tulloch Motorsport
2013–14 New Zealand V8 Touring Cars - TLX Class 2nd Toyota Camry Richards Team Motorsport
2014–15 New Zealand V8 Touring Cars - TLX Class 1st Toyota Camry Richards Team Motorsport
2015–16 New Zealand Touring Cars - Class one 4th Toyota Camry Richards Team Motorsport
2016–17 New Zealand Touring Cars - Class one 3rd Ford FG Falcon
Toyota Camry
Richards Team Motorsport
2017–18 New Zealand Touring Cars - Class one 2nd Toyota Camry Richards Team Motorsport

† team result

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

Year Car# Team Car Co-driver Overall
1990 43 Brian Callaghan Holden VL Commodore Australia Brian Callaghan, Jr.
Australia John Gerwald
21st 19th 143
1992 71 Toyota Team Australia Toyota Corolla FX-GT Australia Scott Bargwanna 22nd 1st 126
1997 97 Holden Young Lions Holden VS Commodore Australia Mark Noske DNS DNS 0
1998 35 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VS Commodore New Zealand Jim Richards 3rd 3rd 161
1999 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VT Commodore Australia Garth Tander DNF DNF 41
2000 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VT Commodore Australia Garth Tander 1st 1st 161
2001 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VX Commodore Australia Garth Tander 6th 6th 161
2002 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VX Commodore Australia Garth Tander DNF DNF 51
2003 10 Larkham Motor Sport Ford BA Falcon Australia Mark Larkham DNF DNF 118
2004 10 Larkham Motor Sport Ford BA Falcon Australia Mark Winterbottom 5th 5th 161
2005 20 Larkham Motor Sport Ford BA Falcon Australia Mark Winterbottom DNF DNF 122
2006 10 WPS Racing Ford BA Falcon New Zealand Craig Baird 10th 10th 161
2007 8 WPS Racing Ford BF Falcon Brazil Max Wilson 7th 7th 161
2008 55 Rod Nash Racing Holden VE Commodore Australia Tony D'Alberto DNF DNF 159
2009 3 Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Australia Mark Noske 6th 6th 161
2010 11 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore Australia Glenn Seton DNF DNF 132
2011 14 Brad Jones Racing Holden VE Commodore Australia Shane Price 23rd 23rd 158

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1993 Australia Fowler Bathroom Products Australia Stephen Shedden
Australia Scott Bargwanna
Toyota MR2 S 228 DNF DNF
1994 Australia Mercantile Mutual Dealer Team Australia John Smith
Australia Scott Bargwanna
Toyota MR2 S 248 5th 2nd
2009 Australia Pro-Duct Motorsport Australia Steve Knight
Australia Brad Jones
Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo X C 238 3rd 3rd
2010 Australia Pro-Duct Motorsport Australia Bob Pearson
Australia Steve Glenney
Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo X A 83 DNF DNF


  2. ^ "Tasman Quits V8 Racing". Tasman / Sprint Gas Racing. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2009.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Retrieved 24 June 2011
  4. ^ Retrieved 24 June 2011
  5. ^ "Bargwanna Joins BJR". The Official Website of V8 Supercars Australia. 27 January 2011. Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  6. ^ Bargwanna appointed as V8 DSO Speedcafe 6 February 2014
  7. ^ Bargwanna ousted as Supercars empire Speedcafe 7 December 2016
  8. ^ Life in the fast lane Grow Casey Carninia" 29 March 2016

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steven Richards
Greg Murphy
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
(with Garth Tander)
Succeeded by
Mark Skaife
Tony Longhurst
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