2010 IRWIN RACING FORD REVEALED
IRWIN Tools and Stone Brothers Racing have unveiled the #4 Ford Falcon that Alex Davison will drive in the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series.
The 2010 colour scheme aligns with the all-new IRWIN Tools logo, which has also been released today. 2010 marks the second year of IRWIN with Stone Brothers Racing and Alex Davison in the driver's seat.
Davison finished the 2009 season in 17th position, including an outstanding second place finish at the Hidden Valley round in Darwin.
The vastly experienced Davison is setting his sights on scoring those types of results on a regular basis in 2010. One of the key areas he will focus his efforts is qualifying.
Stone Brothers Racing has reorganised its operations in an effort to return to the front of the V8 Supercar field. Part of this reorganisation is moving team manager David Stuart to the race engineering duties on the IRWIN Racing Ford. Stuart's experience in the V8 Series dates back to 2000 and has been on the SBR staff since 2007.
In the Stone Brothers Racing race shop, the IRWIN Racing Falcon will be positioned alongside both the Shane van Gisbergen #9 entry and the new #47 Ford Tim Slade. The same will go for the pit lane where all three cars will be grouped together. This is sure to provide a far more effective work environment for the crew and better performances from the team.
Despite the final race of 2009 being completed run just under two months ago, preparations for the 2010 season have gone to plan with the IRWIN Racing Ford set to hit the track for pre-season testing on Tuesday 9 February at Queensland Raceway. The V8 Supercar Championship Series then gets underway with back-to-back weekends in the Middle East beginning in Abu Dhabi on 18-20 February.
Alex Davison - Driver #4 IRWIN Racing Ford Falcon Quotes:
"Last year the IRWIN Racing team showed that we can be right on the pace, but we have to do that more consistently in 2010. We took a good look at ourselves at the end of 2009 and have really focussed on improving things across the board. This year the IRWIN Racing team has the experience of a full season with myself and the FG Falcon, so we are keen to show that with performances on the track. I'm really looking forward to working with David Stuart. He did some great things with Jason Bright in the second half of last year and I worked with him during the long distance races a few years back at Dick Johnson Racing. We are both very driven people and have become good friends, so together we are looking at going to the next level. My goals this year include qualifying consistently in the top-10. The IRWIN Racing team's best overall results last year came from weekends when we started towards the front. I believe our race pace will also improve and that will bring better results and a championship position inside the top-10."
Ross Stone - Team Director IRWIN Racing Quotes:
"I have been very pleased with our preparation heading into the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series. The IRWIN Racing team is ready for the first test in February and we want to hit the track running from the opening practice session in Abu Dhabi. I know that Alex has a lot of experience in different categories, but last year really was his rookie year in the V8s. We are sure he will use that experience to really put some solid results on the board in 2010. David Stuart will continue to act as our team manager, but also take-on the race engineering duties on the IRWIN Racing Ford. We have changed our set-up in the workshop with the IRWIN Racing Falcon, as well as our other two Stone Brothers Racing entries all working closer together under David's leadership. At race meetings the three cars will all be together, with David overseeing things, and ensuring Alex is looked after on the track. Our goal for Alex in the championship is top-12, which might sound conservative. I know that our machinery is good and his ability behind the wheel is right up there, but this is a very tough series."
David Stuart - Race Engineer IRWIN Racing Quotes:
"My job is to make sure we get the best out of the entire IRWIN Racing group in 2010. Alex is a very talented driver and with some improved machinery, I'm very keen to turn that into results. We will be far more effective in the workshop and at the track with all three groups working in a cohesive unit. Last year this was not the case with one of the Stone Brothers Racing cars at the other end of the pits. I have to say that the new way of doing things has worked really well and the feeling of excitement this year is right up there. We are keen for that to continue the entire season."
-source: irwin racing