Albert Park: IRWIN Racing race three report

DAVISON BRINGS IRWIN FORD HOME 16TH AT GRAND PRIX V8 EVENT IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has completed challenging back-to-back V8 Supercar race weekends with a 16th place finish overall at the non-championship V8 Supercar Challenge at the ...

DAVISON BRINGS IRWIN FORD HOME 16TH AT GRAND PRIX V8 EVENT

IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has completed challenging back-to-back V8 Supercar race weekends with a 16th place finish overall at the non-championship V8 Supercar Challenge at the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne's Albert Park.

Ford won the Manufacturer's Challenge, with victory in all three races.

The weekend didn't start well for Davison with a broken camshaft sidelining him just five laps into the only practice session. He recovered in qualifying to be 21st heading into the opening race.

Under the V8 format at the Grand Prix, all cars were lined-up in manufacturer order, so the IRWIN Ford started from position #20. Davison improved to be 14th in that race and was happy with the car. However, officials later placed him back to 21st due to incident with Greg Murphy midway through that race.

Changes to the IRWIN Ford didn't bring the desired result for race #2, but Davison kept out of all the dramas to be placed 16th at the end.

Further changes for the final 15-lap race of the weekend made the car a little better, but Davison still was not happy with the overall performance of the car and he finished 16th in that race as well.

"We are still a way off from where we want to be," said Davison.

"We have been struggling with the IRWIN Ford's balance and with our brake package.

"Losing practice both at the Grand Prix and at the previous event in Adelaide really put us on the back foot. I'm sure a full Friday practice on the track in Hamilton will be of enormous benefit to how we will run over in New Zealand.

"The group is working well together, but we just need to get the car going better. What we are talking about finding is very small, but when the pack is so tight and your car is not quite there, you will get swamped."

IRWIN Racing engineer Wes McDougall was pleased to get through two tough weekends.

"These have been two challenging weekends, but we have received a lot of information that will benefit us going forward," said McDougall.

"We have a straight car after this weekend, which means we can really concentrate on making the IRWIN Ford quicker for Hamilton and not be distracted by any repairs.

"This weekend we did try some new ideas with the car. It will be great to try some back-to-back changes in the practice sessions in Hamilton."

IRWIN Racing Team Principal Ross Stone summed-up Davison's debut with the IRWIN Racing team and what has been a busy period for the team.

"This weekend provided Alex with the opportunity to get his teeth into V8 racing without the championship pressure," said Ross Stone.

"Getting a new model Ford on the track plus having two race weekends in a row to start the year has been a big ask, so I'm proud of all the boys on the team.

"We have three weeks until Hamilton in New Zealand and into what is a regular race format. We will use the time from now until then to go over the car and ensure that we are a slick operation for that event.

"Hamilton is another street race, but different again to Adelaide and Albert Park. Tough on brakes and at that time of the year we could experience some wet weather as well."

The Hamilton will be run from April 17-19 April.

-credit: bammedia.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Greg Murphy , Alex Davison , Ross Stone