Hidden Valley: IRWIN Racing race 2 report

IRWIN RACING SHATTERED FOLLOWING POLE EXHILARATION IRWIN Racing was celebrating its first ever pole after Alex Davison recorded the fastest time in today's qualifying session, four hours later the team was left to pick up the pieces following...

IRWIN RACING SHATTERED FOLLOWING POLE EXHILARATION

IRWIN Racing was celebrating its first ever pole after Alex Davison recorded the fastest time in today's qualifying session, four hours later the team was left to pick up the pieces following its retirement from the race.

Davison lead today's V8 Supercar race in Darwin for 31 laps and was at the heals of the leader when on lap 48 his IRWIN Ford lost power.

Davison had a perfect start and was leading the field by more than five seconds by lap 15. The pit stops were fast and Davison was showing that he had the pace to more than hold his place at the front of the field.

On lap 48, on route to a podium, the IRWIN Ford's electrical system shut down. Davison made it back to the pit garage but was unable to resume.

What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:

"The IRWIN Ford simply stopped, it was something electrical. We couldn't pin point what it was. It stopped once, then started and then it stopped for good. Luckily we rolled back to the pits which meant I didn't have to walk back. It's pretty shattering, we haven't had a mechanical problem all year and of course the one race where we're running so strongly it decides to pack up. I'm shattered for myself and I'm disappointed for everyone at IRWIN Racing and SBR - especially all the guys that work directly on the IRWIN Ford. They've worked so hard, I was really hoping that I could give them a bit of a present today. It was nice being out in front, I was pretty comfortable, I was keeping it straight and trying not to torture my tyres. We made them last well which is something we haven't been able to do often this year. Only Jamie Whincup had better pace and better tyre life than us. In the second stint he was quicker when our tyres were worn, but the car felt strong. I was confident that we could have raced through to the end, the podium was looking good. There are plenty of positives; we just couldn't get the result."

What IRWIN Racing Engineer David Stuart had to say:

"Yesterday we talked about having to qualify well; you don't qualify any better than pole position. It was just a fantastic result for Alex (Davison) and IRWIN Racing. We were leading the race for a long time. We started on sprint tyres and had really good pace. We would have been unlucky to have missed the podium today; the worst we could have finished was fourth. The two guys that finished second and third used their soft tyres last but we were on the same strategy as Whincup, who won the race. We took a gamble starting on sprints, but everyone did, there was no safety car during that race and it really played in our favour. I'm really shattered for Alex and everyone who works on the IRWIN Racing Ford. The race result was really disappointing, but there aren't many guys that can say they have had a pole position in V8 Supercars. He's in an elite club there. This weekend we kept our nose down and worked hard. We're looking forward to Townsville, hoping we can continue to build on the momentum that we started this weekend. As for the mechanical fault, we checked the obvious things, the connectors and the like. At the moment we're not getting any power to the ECU, which is the engine management system. We need to delve deep into the IRWIN Ford and find out what went wrong. Rest assured we'll get it fixed, it'll be something simple; it usually is. We'll have the IRWIN Ford ready and firing on all eight again at Townsville."

-source: irwin racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jamie Whincup , Alex Davison