Albert Park: IRWIN Racing qualifying report

IRWIN RACING QUALIFIES ON THE TENTH ROW FOR V8 GRAND PRIX OPENING RACE IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has rebounded from engine dramas in practice to set the 21st quickest time in today's qualifying session for the non-championship V8 Supercar...

IRWIN RACING QUALIFIES ON THE TENTH ROW FOR V8 GRAND PRIX OPENING RACE

IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has rebounded from engine dramas in practice to set the 21st quickest time in today's qualifying session for the non-championship V8 Supercar event at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

The IRWIN Racing Falcon broke a camshaft in practice and the crew had less than two hours change the engine and turn the car around for qualifying.

Davison attacked the session and with five minutes remaining he set his quickest time of the day. He was set to go even quicker on the following lap, but a red flag was called when Team Kiwi's Dean Fiore bunkered his car in one of many gravel traps around the circuit.

With just about every car on the circuit in the final minutes, Davison was unable to get a clear lap and set a better time.

This weekend's racing is for the Manufacturer's Cup, so Davison will start as the 10th quickest Ford, so that will be the row that IRWIN Falcon will start from.

After a tough opening round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series last weekend in Adelaide, Davison was pleased to make progress with the IRWIN Racing Ford in today's qualifying session.

"I thought it was last weekend all over again, but full credit to all the boys to get the car out there for qualifying," said Davison.

"The IRWIN Falcon was not great in practice, but some changes for qualifying had us heading in the right direction. We are not there yet, but things are certainly looking better going into the first race tomorrow evening.

"As long as we keep making progress this weekend I will not complain. Jumping up the order does not happen in one swoop. We are working away on all elements of the IRWIN Racing team, including myself, to make gains this weekend and that's what will benefit us going forward this year."

IRWIN Racing Engineer Wes McDougall was satisfied with the qualifying session, but will work with the crew to further improve the car for the races.

"Credit to the boys for getting the car out there, plus Alex really attacked the session as well," said McDougall.

"The car was better in qualifying than practice, but we are sure there is still more to be had for the races.

"The big difference tomorrow will be the track conditions. The Formula One cars will put plenty of rubber down ahead of our race, so we need to be aware of how that will affect our IRWIN Ford.

"We have worked very hard since Adelaide and even today, but we are heading in the right direction. This weekend is like a pre-season football match; you can try things in real match conditions, but not have to think about a championship."

-credit: ir

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Series Supercars
Drivers Alex Davison , Dean Fiore