IRWIN RACING FIFTH IN NEW ZEALAND IRWIN Racing has had one of its best event starts of the season so far, finishing fifth in practice at the ITM 400 in Hamilton, New Zealand today. Throughout the day IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison took large ...
IRWIN RACING FIFTH IN NEW ZEALAND
IRWIN Racing has had one of its best event starts of the season so far, finishing fifth in practice at the ITM 400 in Hamilton, New Zealand today.
Throughout the day IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison took large chunks of time out of each session, finishing third practice in seventh and briefly leading times late in the final practice session before finishing fifth.
The team, buoyed by the improvements made to the IRWIN Ford since the Australian Grand Prix, was very competitive and is looking forward to qualifying tomorrow.
What Irwin Racin's Alex Davison had to say:
"It was great to have a good car underneath me today. We had a really solid afternoon. The way we've been going about it since Grand Prix has paid some dividends. We started the day with a very similar set up to Shane, which hasn't worked for us in the past, but it worked well this time, giving us a really solid base to work off. Even in the first two practice sessions when we weren't on the pace at all, thanks to ordinary tyres, the IRWIN Ford didn't feel too bad. We were careful not to get lost - which is easy to do. We improved the car as the day went on and had a really solid car by the end of final practice. We only made very small changes today, which sharpened up the car a bit. We'll just keep chipping away at it. I am feeling confident going into qualifying, but I'm not getting carried away. I was third here last year (in Friday practice) and qualified 16th. It was a good result for everyone in the team but we'll just stay cool and push hard tomorrow."
What Irwin Racing Engineer David Stuart had to say:
"We're following on from what we did at the Grand Prix, making one change at a time and making sure it is a positive change. Alex (Davison) is working really hard in the car, he is giving us really good feedback which we can marry up with the data and make some very informed decisions on car set-up. We changed the car between practice three and practice four and changed it again during practice four so that when we put our green tyres on we felt we were in the right place. We still need a little more, perhaps another three or four tenths tomorrow. I'm sure that this time is there and that we'll be able to come up with a good set up for qualifying. We won't be changing the IRWIN Falcon that much. It's the closest we've been to the front since Abu Dhabi. Alex and the team have worked really hard between the Grand Prix and here to make this happen, it's a credit to them all, they've done a great job today."