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ALEX DAVISON AIMING FOR TOP 10 IN NZ IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison is hoping the recent development gains made to his IRWIN Tools Ford and his love of New Zealand's Hamilton street circuit will see him return to the top 10. IRWIN Racing used the...

ALEX DAVISON AIMING FOR TOP 10 IN NZ

IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison is hoping the recent development gains made to his IRWIN Tools Ford and his love of New Zealand's Hamilton street circuit will see him return to the top 10.

IRWIN Racing used the recent non-championship Australian Grand Prix to focus on testing a variety of set-ups which had a positive impact on car performance.

Davison has raced at Hamilton twice, finishing ninth and 10th in last year's two races for ninth place overall.

Following the gains made at the Grand Prix and with his Hamilton good form, Davison -- and IRWIN Racing - leave for New Zealand full of confidence.

What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:

"At the Grand Prix we didn't make a lot of changes to the IRWIN Falcon but we tried to make each change count. We were methodical in what we did, making sure we got a conclusive result from each change. IRWIN Racing didn't initially have the quickest car on the track at the GP but as the weekend progressed we improved, which I believe will put us in good stead at Hamilton this weekend. Like all street circuits Hamilton is uncompromising, leaving no margin for error, but once you get into it and build your confidence it's quite enjoyable to drive. At Hamilton you can't leave anything in the garage, you've got to put everything on the line, particularly through the back chicane and those tyre bundles. If you slip up by the smallest of margins, or clip the tyres, before you know it you're in the fence. But when you get it right, it flows nicely and is a lot of fun. We were ninth at Hamilton last year, which was one of our better results. I'm confident after our test weekend at the Grand Prix that IRWIN Racing is in good shape."

What IRWIN Engineer David Stuart had to say:

"We learnt a lot about the IRWIN Ford at the Grand Prix, the aim is to continue with this development and engineer a car that will be able to compete with the front runners. We feel that we have a good base to work off. Rather than identifying some of the underlying issues we are focussing on the bigger issues. If we can knock off these then the smaller problems become inconsequential. Alex had a great run at Hamilton last year and with what we've learned I can see no reason why he again can't be competitive. As an engineer I actually like street circuits, they produce good racing. Hamilton is a bit tighter but it provides a good spectacle. The difference between a street circuit versus a permanent race track is like comparing a test match to a one day international, they are very different. Street circuits don't have long loaded corners, they are basically 90 degree turn the car in and out bends, which completely changes the characteristics of the car. This is a challenge, but that's what I love about motorsport and why I am an engineer."

-source: irwin racing

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