Albert Park: IRWIN Racing preview

ALEX DAVISON STRAIGHT BACK INTO V8 RACING THIS WEEKEND AT THE GRAND PRIX It is the V8 Supercar version of a double-header, with Alex Davison back aboard the IRWIN Racing Ford this weekend in Melbourne after the opening round of the Championship...

ALEX DAVISON STRAIGHT BACK INTO V8 RACING THIS WEEKEND AT THE GRAND PRIX

It is the V8 Supercar version of a double-header, with Alex Davison back aboard the IRWIN Racing Ford this weekend in Melbourne after the opening round of the Championship Series last weekend in Adelaide.

This weekend the V8s are on track as part of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park. The event is not for championship points, with the focus being on Ford versus Holden.

In Adelaide, the IRWIN Racing team had a disrupted weekend when an engine failure early in practice put the team on the back foot. The format at the Grand Prix allows Davison and his team the opportunity to work on improving the IRWIN Falcon under race conditions, but not under championship pressure.

Under a unique qualifying format the grid positions for each race will be Ford along one side of the track, with Holden lining up on the other. The weekend includes three 15-lap races, with the Friday and Saturday night races taking place at the twilight time of 6.15pm.

"The V8 event at the Grand Prix is an interesting format, it's like no other racing we have in the championship," said Davison.

"We had a tough start to the year in Adelaide and our goal at Albert Park is to make progress. V8 Supercars are tricky to find the sweet spot and we are going to use the Grand Prix event as the opportunity to work away on improving the IRWIN Ford.

"We lost pretty much all of practice in Adelaide, so we want to make the most of all practice, qualifying and race sessions at Albert Park. I don't want to make a call on a goal of where we want to finish, but if we have a good run through practice and into the races, as well as make no mistakes, I will be more than happy - no matter what the final placing."

The Albert Park Circuit is considered a street track, but it is vastly different to last weekend's Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide.

"Technically it is a street track, but it is more like a permanent circuit with plenty of wide run-off areas and other safety features," said IRWIN Racing Engineer Wes McDougall.

"It is a unique track for the V8 series as it has to be the smoothest and flattest tracks that we run all year.

"Most turns are slow, so you need excellent chassis balance as there are no real high-speed corners to speak of. What this does mean is that there are quite a few passing opportunities on the track."

-credit: ir

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