Max Wilson delivered Shell Helix Racing its first podium of the 2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series in final round of the season at Eastern Creek Raceway, today.

Claiming third place in today's 250km race and the overall round, the podium was Brazilian's first since entering the category two seasons ago.

"This is a great feeling and such a fantastic way to finish the year," said Wilson. "It's a great result for myself and for the Shell Helix team because we've been working really hard this year."

Making a slow start, Wilson dropped several positions on the opening lap, but was able to charge back into contention.

"My car was been really competitive for the whole weekend and it felt really good," Wilson added. "But I didn't get off the line quickly and I dropped some spots at the start.

"Half way through the race we put on a new set of tyres and they were working beautifully and I could make some ground on the guys in front."

Finishing under safety car conditions, the race was red-flagged seven laps before full race distance as the searing heat gave way to a massive electrical storm which left the circuit without power.

"It was really tough race and when the storm came I think stopping the race was the right thing for the officials to do."

With the close of the season, the Queensland-based Wilson was pleased to finish up the year on a high note and has already turned his attention to the 2004 V8 Supercar competition.

"I've raced all around the world in different categories and the V8 Supercar Series is the best touring car series anywhere and I'm really proud to be a part of it," Wilson concluded.

"The BA Falcon was great and I'm looking forward to more V8 racing next year; hopefully I'll be around racing in Australia for a long time to come."

Wilson's team-mate, Steve Johnson saw his season finish in much less favourable circumstances, as the 29 year old was sidelined when an engine failure sent him sliding off on his own oil at turn one.

"It just let go and that was it," said a disappointed Johnson. "We've finally got a good package, but still no luck for me and now I'm going to have to wait until next year to get the results I've been after for so long.

"At least we had one car up there which is fantastic for the team - Max did a great job this weekend."

Johnson finished a difficult season in 16th position scoring 1260 points, with Wilson right behind in 17th place on 1211 points.

This weekend's VIP Pet Foods Main Event at Eastern Creek Raceway concluded the 2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series.

 

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