Phillip Island: IRWIN Racing race report

IRWIN RACING FINISH 10TH AT PHILLIP ISLAND V8 ENDURO IRWIN Racing has finished an impressive 10th at the L&H 500 at Phillip Island today. Starting 19th, the team showed that it had improved the IRWIN Ford in time for the morning warm-up,...

IRWIN RACING FINISH 10TH AT PHILLIP ISLAND V8 ENDURO

IRWIN Racing has finished an impressive 10th at the L&H 500 at Phillip Island today.

Starting 19th, the team showed that it had improved the IRWIN Ford in time for the morning warm-up, where it placed second for the session.

Series regular Alex Davison started the race and came into the pits in third place to give the IRWIN Falcon David Brabham.

Brabham, who has not raced a V8 supercar since 2006, drove strongly in his double stint to hand over the car to Davison while leading the race.

In the last pit stop IRWIN Racing lost several positions but was able to finish the race in a very respectable 10th place, giving the team confidence heading into the biggest race of the year, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:

"There were a lot of positives to come out of the day. At times we had really good pace, particularly David (Brabham) on his second set of tyres. They were better than the first set and he had fantastic pace. We passed lots of cars but we need the IRWIN Ford to handle a little better. We made some good changes to the car and improved it. We were constantly fine tuning it over the weekend, trying to improve the handling. Dave (Stuart) changed a few things over night and gave us a better car than yesterday. It was not as good as we needed it to be to get on the podium, but it was solid. It was good preparation for Bathurst, particularly for David. He was getting quicker and quicker all weekend and then in the race he was right on the pace. He'll be able to go to Bathurst and we'll be evenly matched which is what you need. It makes it easy for the strategy having both drivers on the pace. We're looking good for Bathurst I think."

What IRWIN Racing's David Brabham had to say:

"I was happy with my drive. In the first stint I was doing low 37s (1m37s laps) which is about were the race was at, while the second set were a lot quicker. I was dicing with people that were slower than me and it was hard to get past them. It was a long race and you've just got to play it the best you can. IRWIN Racing had a very good result starting from 19th on the grid; we made the top 10 and had a faultless race. There are still a few things that we need to look at, like we lost a bit of time in that last stop, which lost us some places, so we could have been higher up the order. With the pace of car nine and what we were able to achieve here, and car 47, I think it gives the team a really good boost leading into the big one, which is Bathurst."

What IRWIN Racing Engineer David Stuart had to say:

"That was a pretty satisfying result, given were we started. We had really good balance today and good race pace. Alex (Davison) drove really, really well in the opening stint and then David (Brabham) did a fantastic job. He wasn't happy with the level of grip in the first stint, but we put another set of tyres on at the pit stop and the car picked up and he was as competitive as all of the main game drivers. I'm a little disappointed that we lost those places in the final pit stop. We need to sit down and have a good look at everyone's pit stop times to see how that happened. At testing last week we discussed what our goal would be at Phillip Island, we thought if we could finish in the top ten we would be happy. During the race we were running higher than that. While I'm happy to finish tenth I'm disappointed that we finished further back from where we could have been. We had the speed to run in the top five for sure. I say roll on Bathurst, it was all very encouraging. IRWIN Racing and the other Stone Brothers Racing cars will be really strong there."

-source: irwin racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Brabham , Alex Davison , Phillip Island