Bathurst 1000: IRWIN Racing Thursday notes

DAVISON ON THE PACE DURING PRACTICE AT BATHURST IRWIN Racing driver Alex Davison has been on the pace during today's opening practice sessions for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Davison and the IRWIN/SP Tools Racing entry topped the time...

DAVISON ON THE PACE DURING PRACTICE AT BATHURST

IRWIN Racing driver Alex Davison has been on the pace during today's opening practice sessions for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Davison and the IRWIN/SP Tools Racing entry topped the time sheets in the first session. Team-mate Shane van Gisbergen was also on the pace in the day's next practice session to set the second quickest time.

Davison then jumped back aboard the IRWIN/SP Tools Racing Ford for the final session of the day and if not for heavy traffic would have once again been in the top-three for the day. At the end of the day's final practice the #9 IRWIN/SP Tools Racing Falcon was sixth fastest.

In the second #4 IRWIN/SP Tools Racing Falcon Daniel Gaunt and John McIntyre worked away at familiarising themselves with the car and circuit. For IRWIN Racing's Daniel Gaunt it is a busy weekend as he is also campaigning an entry in the Fujitsu V8 Series. They finished the day with the 16th quickest time.

What Alex Davison had to say:

"The IRWIN/SP Tools Racing Ford is the best handling car I have driven at Mount Panorama and today's time was the quickest I have ever done here. The car was strong straight out of the box and it was a great feeling to be close to the mark from the outset. We have not made any huge changes, just some tweaks here and there. We are trying to improve our braking balance which is only a minor concern. The team put new tyres on at the end of the last session, but we got some traffic and didn't get the most out of the tyres. The IRWIN/SP Tools Falcon is certainly in the ballpark and that is credit to gains we made at Phillip Island and carried onto this weekend."

What Daniel Gaunt had to say:

"It has worked in very well with the IRWIN/SP Tools Ford and the Fujitsu Series car. Plus working with John and the rest of the crew has been a huge benefit to me. I'm getting up to speed and I'm sure we can bring our times down ahead of the race on Sunday. The car feels excellent to drive. It's very stable, excellent over the top of the mountain, and good horsepower for the straights, so really we just to make the most of all that for the weekend."

What Ross Stone had to say:

"A very good day for the IRWIN/SP Tools Racing team. We were at the right end of the time sheets throughout each session with the #9 car. Alex had a new set of tyres at the end, but didn't get a clear lap so we know it could have been even a little better. Both cars have had little done to them in terms of changes and that is a very positive start for the weekend. John did a great job in the #4 IRWIN/SP Tools Falcon setting a strong time and we are very happy with how Daniel went in our car as well as the Fujitsu Series Ford. This is Daniel's debut weekend in a V8 Supercar at Bathurst and laps mean everything around here. The more you do the better the experience and he has been improving throughout the day."

-credit: irwin

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Series Supercars
Drivers Alex Davison , John McIntyre , Daniel Gaunt , Shane van Gisbergen , Ross Stone , Phillip Island