Albert Park: IRWIN Racing preview

IRWIN RACING OUT TO GET SEASON BACK ON TRACK AT GRAND PRIX V8 EVENT The IRWIN Racing team take to the track at Albert Park in Melbourne this weekend for the non-championship BRC IMPCO V8 Supercar GP Challenge as part of the Australian Formula...

IRWIN RACING OUT TO GET SEASON BACK ON TRACK AT GRAND PRIX V8 EVENT

The IRWIN Racing team take to the track at Albert Park in Melbourne this weekend for the non-championship BRC IMPCO V8 Supercar GP Challenge as part of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

Despite no championship points on offer, IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison is keen to use the weekend's outing as an opportunity to return to form after two challenging events in Bahrain and Adelaide.

The IRWIN Racing team started the year positively in Abu Dhabi, qualifying for both races inside the top-10 and a ninth place finish in the opening hit out. Since Abu Dhabi Davison has finished down the order after car balance issues in both Bahrain and Adelaide.

It might not have points on offer, but the intensity of the racing will be just the same amongst the 29 entries. The opportunity to race themselves back into form at the Grand Prix Challenge is crucial for the IRWIN Racing team.

Finishing well inside the top-10 at Albert Park would provide an excellent springboard for the next championship event in New Zealand in mid April.

On-track time is limited at the Grand Prix to a 30-minute practice, qualifying, top-10 shootout and three 13-lap races.

What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:

"It certainly is an opportunity for the IRWIN Racing team to try to improve our speed without the pressure of a championship round. We have to understand our IRWIN Ford better from an engineering side of things, and that certainly includes me. We know that when we have the IRWIN Falcon in the performance window it is very fast, but we just need to better understand how to get the car to that point. One of the keys is tuning the car to the track as it changes over the weekend and making sure that we keep pace with the opposition. Although the Grand Prix races are relatively short compared to championship rounds, you can still certainly get a gauge to how the car is performing. If the balance is good, the car will look after its tyres whether its 13 or 70 laps. Our goals have not changed, but we are aware that only hard work will get us back to where we know we should be."

What IRWIN Racing Engineer David Stuart had to say:

"The opportunity to compete without the pressure of points at the Grand Prix has come at a good time for the IRWIN Racing team. The Grand Prix is very important to give us a solid base for the next championship round at Hamilton in New Zealand. We have had a good look at how we had the IRWIN Ford in Abu Dhabi, when we qualified for both races in the top-10 and finished ninth. Despite being only 13 laps, each lap is over five kilometres, so we will get a very good idea of our car's performance this weekend."

-source: irwin racing

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