Barbagallo: IRWIN Racing race one report

DAVISON SAVES SOFT TYRES FOR SUNDAY ASSAULT IN WA IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has kept his set of soft Dunlop sprint tyres up his sleeve for an all-out attack on tomorrow's 200km race as part of the BigPond 300 at Perth's Barbagallo ...

DAVISON SAVES SOFT TYRES FOR SUNDAY ASSAULT IN WA

IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has kept his set of soft Dunlop sprint tyres up his sleeve for an all-out attack on tomorrow's 200km race as part of the BigPond 300 at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway.

Davison finished today's 100km race in 17th position, an improvement of four positions from his starting spot.

With today's race running relatively incident-free, the safety car was not required and the field remained spread out.

Nine cars used the sort tyre in today's race, meaning 20 will have the sprint tyre at their disposal tomorrow. Importantly all the major championship contenders used the tyre today, further creating opportunities for Davison tomorrow.

With the race tomorrow being twice the length of today's hit-out, choosing the right time to use the tyre will become critical. The IRWIN Racing crew made the right call in Darwin earlier in the season when Davison drove through to second place at the finish.

WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAD TO SAY:

"Today was always going to be tough as we had chosen not to run the soft tyre. We just have not been able to find the best balance in the IRWIN Ford this weekend and that was why we qualified back in 21st. We can look forward to running the soft tyre in the longer race tomorrow as our IRWIN Falcon reacts very positively when we put the option rubber tyre on. We believe we have a very strong package, we just need to get that tweak on the balance and for sure we can look to repeat our Darwin performance."

WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAD TO SAY:

"Today was more of a sacrifice for the IRWIN Racing team as we not only kept the soft tyres in the garage, but also made sure we kept some good standard tyres for qualifying ahead of the 200-kilometre race. The goal is to start tomorrow's race near the top-10 and then really look for a positive result. Although we were a little further down today, our lap times were very competitive and that will be important over a race that is twice as long."

-credit: irwin

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Series Supercars
Drivers Alex Davison