Phillip Island: IRWIN Racing Friday report

SATISFYING START FOR IRWIN RACING AT THE ISLAND IRWIN Racing has returned to the track, following the nine-week V8 Supercar mid-season break, to place 15th after today's L&H 500 practice sessions at Phillip Island Raceway. In cold, blustery...

SATISFYING START FOR IRWIN RACING AT THE ISLAND

IRWIN Racing has returned to the track, following the nine-week V8 Supercar mid-season break, to place 15th after today's L&H 500 practice sessions at Phillip Island Raceway.

In cold, blustery weather Alex Davison and David Brabham had to contend with constantly changing conditions which prevented much dry track time.

In the wet IRWIN Racing was competitive, placing in the top 10.

The focus for the team today was to give as many laps to David Brabham, who has had limited seat time since arriving in Australia 10 days ago.

Given the weather conditions and several red-flag periods, IRWIN Racing was happy with today's progress and is looking forward to tomorrow's two extra practice sessions prior to qualifying.

What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:

"It's good to get out there after such a long break. It's a pity we had such a hard day with the weather because David (Brabham) really needs as many laps as possible. Neither of us ended up getting many laps in the dry, but we knew this meeting was going to be about David getting up to speed. With his limited laps he did a really good job, he wasn't too far away. We definitely have a good base to work from. It's always good to have a good starting point. The weather and the laps we needed to give David meant we didn't have a lot of time to tune the IRWIN Ford today, but we'll learn something from the car nine guys, who recorded the fastest time of the day, and we'll push on tomorrow. We'll really be concentrating on getting the set-up right in tomorrow morning's first practice session so that we are ready for qualifying. I'm feeling positive at the moment."

What IRWIN Racing's David Brabham had to say:

"It would have been nice to have some more consistency with the weather and red flags. Whenever I went out the conditions were changing which made life more challenging in terms of feeling comfortable in the car and giving strong feedback to the guys. I started to get into a bit of a rhythm in that last session, going three of four tenths (of a second) faster. Now I feel like I am able to contribute more to the programme in terms of my feedback. I was trying different things out there and I could instantly feel the difference which gave me a bit of direction. I gave that information to David (Stuart) and he confirmed what I was saying, based on the data, which is positive. I'll absorb what I learnt today and will take it into tomorrow. I feel like I want the car to do certain things now, so it's a question of talking to Alex and David and figuring out if I'm feeling something normal or something that needs fixing. Overall though, I was happy with the progress. Some un-interrupted track time in the morning will make a big difference."

What IRWIN Racing Engineer David Stuart had to say:

"I'm pretty happy with our progress given we didn't get a lot of dry running in today. The last session was dry and we needed to give David (Brabham) as many laps as possible. I was happy with our competitiveness in the wet; we were nicely placed in the top ten. We've got some adjustments we can make for tomorrow and obviously Shane (Van Gisbergen) was quickest so we know what he's done in his car. It's been a good team effort. David (Brabham) is a professional, I'm really happy with the job that he's doing. He just goes about his job in a very professional manner. He doesn't want to put the car off but knows when to push the 'go' button. Both he and Alex are talking about the same thing in a slightly different manner which will help our progress. It's just a matter of getting a bit of good weather tomorrow and making some small adjustments. I'm confident that we will be up there tomorrow."

-source: irwin

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Brabham , Alex Davison , Phillip Island