IRWIN RACING STARTS THE '500' ON 10TH ROW OF THE GRID IRWIN Racing will start tomorrow's L&H Phillip Island 500 on the 10th row of the grid. In today's twin qualifying races, IRWIN's Alex Davison finished a very respectable 10th and former Le...
IRWIN RACING STARTS THE '500' ON 10TH ROW OF THE GRID
IRWIN Racing will start tomorrow's L&H Phillip Island 500 on the 10th row of the grid.
In today's twin qualifying races, IRWIN's Alex Davison finished a very respectable 10th and former Le Mans 24-hour race winner David Brabham finished 25th.
The pair's combined points will see IRWIN Racing start the first endurance race of the year in 19th position.
Brabham was as high as 12th during his qualifying race but was required to make a compulsory pit stop.
With the single team stop completed by Brabham, Davison was able to race from start to finish.
What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:
"I got a very good start, it seemed like so many guys stalled, so the track was blocked and I didn't end up making up any ground (on that first lap), which we should have. I passed (Greg) Ritter and he drove me off the road, so overall, the first lap wasn't good. We were able to hold on to the pack but the (car's) balance wasn't perfect and we weren't able to push until the re-start when we were all bunched up. The cars in front of me started racing pretty hard so I took advantage of that. I wasn't going to miss the opportunity to make up a few spots. I pushed hard and managed to get through four guys on the last lap. It wasn't comfortable, we were three wide through some pretty fast corners, but it was good fun. We all came out of it without any damage and on the track which was good. David Brabham is doing really well, he's up to speed in difficult circumstances and conditions. We'll work hard and try to have a good race car for tomorrow. We've turned the IRWIN Ford around over-night before, so we'll keep pushing ahead. It's a long race. If we have a good car we won't have any problems carving through the pack."
What IRWIN Racing's David Brabham had to say:
"Early this morning we were making good progress, step by step, which is what I wanted to achieve. Qualifying was disappointing because I didn't quite get a lap together. I made a mistake out of the second last corner and had to back off because I was off on the grass on the exit. I lost two or three 10ths (of a second) and of course two or three 10ths can mean quite a lot in terms of grid position. I was relatively happy with the start of my race and my first stint. I'm not happy with my start though, it was dismal; too much wheel spin, but I haven't had much practice in this area. The car was hooked up and I managed to get past a few people on the first lap, then got past a few more. The pace seemed to be ok, I was just stuck behind a couple of cars ahead of me prior to the pit stop. It was a good experience and good for tomorrow. Alex did a great job in that last race, managing to move up, which put us in the top twenty."
What IRWIN Racing Engineer David Stuart had to say:
"We've tried a couple of set-ups over the last couple of days trying to find a happy medium. We would have liked to have qualified better, but I thought David (Brabham) did a good job in his race, he had pretty good pace and caught the guys in front of him. He did the pit stop and his result was where I thought it would be. We were ninth of the cars that stopped during the race. Alex didn't particularly like the car, however he did a really good job in racing the car and actually caught the guys in front of him. On the re-start, with two laps to go, he went from 13th to 10th, he did a good job battling through the traffic, which wasn't easy for him. We'll pick the good bits out of all the set ups that we've tried this weekend and try and have a car that we can progress through the field with tomorrow."