Bathurst 1000: IRWIN Racing Saturday notes

IRWIN/SP TOOLS FORD TO START FROM THIRD ROW AT BATHURST The IRWIN/SP Tools Racing duo of Alex Davison and Shane van Gisbergen will start the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from sixth spot tomorrow. On a drying track van Gisbergen put in a ...

IRWIN/SP TOOLS FORD TO START FROM THIRD ROW AT BATHURST

The IRWIN/SP Tools Racing duo of Alex Davison and Shane van Gisbergen will start the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from sixth spot tomorrow.

On a drying track van Gisbergen put in a spectacular lap in the Top-10 Shootout. Despite the track then continuing to dry for the later runners he was only 0.5552 of a second being the pole winning time of Garth Tander.

Earlier in the day Davison and van Gisbergen completed the final one-hour practice session with no dramas and in the process set the second quickest time of the session. That session included runs on light and heavy fuel loads, as well as a practice brake pad and disc change.

In the #4 IRWIN/SP Tools Racing Ford Daniel Gaunt and John McIntyre completed a solid program on variable fuel loads and are ready to start tomorrow’s 161-lap race from 21st position.

It was a busy day for Gaunt who completed the second Fujitsu Series V8 race second overall, despite heavy rain.

What Alex Davison had to say:

"The #9 IRWIN/SP Tools Ford has a reasonable starting spot for the race. The drying track did us no favours, but Shane drove a fantastic lap. I’m sure with the better conditions that the later runners had we could have been eyeing a spot closer to the front row. We are very confident going into the race. The IRWIN/SP Tools Falcon is very solid, easy to drive and is well balanced so it should stay consistent throughout the race. The team is the most competitive it has been all year right now. We have been building to this moment and there is no reason why we can’t be battling all day in the top-three. We just need to stay on top of the track as it changes throughout the day and we have the team to do that."

What Daniel Gaunt had to say:

"The #4 IRWIN/SP Tools Ford is very well balanced and we feel that it will be a very good race car for tomorrow. I worked on both light and heavy fuel loads and the car was consistent throughout. John and I made the most of the one hour session to really work on the race package. That included some practice pit stops and driver changes which will be critical to a strong result in the race. The Fujitsu Series races this weekend have proved beneficial, even having the opportunity to run today in the rain! All up it is now about the big one and we are very keen to deliver a strong result."

What Ross Stone had to say:

"Shane did a great job in qualifying and really set a time better than what the track was offering. For the race we are all set. The race engine and running gear has all been run-in and the crew will get an early night to give it a crack tomorrow. The #4 IRWIN/SP Tools Falcon is also set to go. Both John and Daniel worked through a detailed program this morning and then Daniel backed that up with second overall in tough conditions in the Fujitsu Series race. The drivers are all primed and so is the entire crew. Everyone has done a fantastic job to this point and it would be a great to reward them with a top result tomorrow."

-credit: irwin

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Alex Davison , John McIntyre , Daniel Gaunt , Shane van Gisbergen , Ross Stone