IRWIN RACING NINTH IN PRACTICE OUT WEST
It's certainly not a disaster being ninth, it could have been a lot worse.
IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has posted the ninth fastest time in practice ahead of this weekend's Trading Post Perth Challenge in Western Australia.
Having not competed at Barbagallo Raceway since 2009, the series returned to a slippery, challenging track which tested all teams, on what was a dry, sunny afternoon.
IRWIN Racing spent the two practice sessions looking for a strong set-up that would provide plenty of balance and grip and help prepare the car for qualifying tomorrow.
Davison was essentially satisfied with the day, and happy to be inside the top 10 this early in the weekend, but is looking to improve so that he can focus on podium results across the weekend's three V8 Supercar races.
Qualifying commences at 12.50pm tomorrow, followed by the first race of the event starting at 4.05pm (AEST).
What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:
"The track is so slippery and the tyre degradation so high, I think everyone's car felt horrible today. It was not until right at the end when we got to put new tyres on that we knew exactly how competitive IRWIN Racing was. It's certainly not a disaster being ninth, it could have been a lot worse, but our goals are a fair bit higher than that this weekend. We'll put our heads together tonight to try and improve the car but the track conditions were so difficult to set the car up to, or to find a good balance with because the grip levels are so low. There are only a couple of guys out there that would have been happy with their cars."
What IRWIN Engineer Daniel Kroehn had to say:
"It was pretty difficult out there today, the track was pretty slippery, most were complaining about the lack of grip. IRWIN Racing worked away at what we believed needed to be done to improve the lap time, which started to come together at the end of the session. We put some green tyres on and the times were all unbelievably close. Alex and I are not completely happy with the IRWIN Ford, which is a good sign, it means there is a lot more in it. We'll have a good look at what the data is saying and focus on getting the car ready for qualifying tomorrow."