IRWIN RACING UNABLE TO CAPITALISE ON PRACTICE FORM IRWIN Racing started the ITM 400 in New Zealand strongly placed when it finished the Friday practice session fifth; unfortunately the good form did not carry over into the weekend's two ...
IRWIN RACING UNABLE TO CAPITALISE ON PRACTICE FORM
IRWIN Racing started the ITM 400 in New Zealand strongly placed when it finished the Friday practice session fifth; unfortunately the good form did not carry over into the weekend's two races.
Alex Davison finished the seventh race of the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship in 17th position, a good improvement on his starting place.
Davison started the race on the 13th row of the grid thanks to two qualifying session stoppages. Unable to get heat into his tyres or put several consecutive laps together, Davison could not match his practice time. Had he repeated his Friday time in qualifying he would have started third.
In today's race, the eighth of the season, Davison's IRWIN Falcon was towed back to the garage after retiring on the 10th lap. Davison's steering was broken when he brushed the tyre bundle on turn six, forcing him in to the wall straight after.
What Irwin Racing's Alex Davison had to say:
"The weekend has been frustrating when you know how good the car was on Friday. We were genuinely competitive, but we haven't been able to keep it going . During certain stages of the weekend we had really good speed, we recorded one of the fastest laps in Saturday's race. We're not sure why our competitiveness dropped off, we'll look at the data in absolute detail to learn what was happening and why. On Friday we had a really good car, it felt great, the best it's felt for a long time. Yesterday we seemed to take a backward step. It's even more disappointing to be out of today's race. I've known all along, that when we have the car working well, and it feels good, we can be really competitive, Friday proved that. We just need to be able to repeat that continually. Disappointing weekend overall, but we'll get there."
What Irwin Racing Engineer David Stuart had to say:
"We had a good start on Friday. We believed the IRWIN Ford was fast enough to be up in the top 10 over the weekend, we still think that now. It was disappointing not to be up there. Through some parts of Saturday's race we had a very good car. After the second stop we were probably the fastest car on the road for four or five laps. But we got caught in other driver's incidents and it hurt us. As for today, it's always easy to be disappointed straight after the race, particularly after you've had a result like we had. But there are always positives, Friday was an incredibly positive day. We'll look closer at what we did, what changes we made and figure out why they did not allow us to run consistently across the weekend."
-source: irwin racing