Queensland: IRWIN Racing Saturday race report

ALEX DAVISON FIGHTS THROUGH TO 13TH IN OPENER AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY Alex Davison and the IRWIN Industrial Tools team have finished the 100km race at the QueenslandHouseandLand.com 300 in 13th position after fighting back from 23rd place at...

ALEX DAVISON FIGHTS THROUGH TO 13TH IN OPENER AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY

Alex Davison and the IRWIN Industrial Tools team have finished the 100km race at the QueenslandHouseandLand.com 300 in 13th position after fighting back from 23rd place at the end of the opening lap.

Davison started the day on a strong note setting the 12th fastest time in qualifying. With an eye on a finish inside the top-5, the IRWIN Racing team opted to run the soft Dunlop tyre in the race, However, severe clutch slip at the start buried Davison deep in the field.

Showing plenty of patience the IRWIN Racing driver picked-off cars as he headed towards the top-10. On lap 13 of 33 he came to the pits for 50 litres of fuel, but the team did not change tyres.

Upon returning to the track he was on the heels of the yet to pit leaders; a lap behind. However, he had superior pace and shadowed Jamie Whincup and James Courtney until they pitted.

Davison climbed as high as 10th, but with four laps to go he went wide after running over oil from Garth Tander's blown engine.

The life in his tyres soon ended and over the final three laps slipped back another three spots.

WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAS TO SAY:

"The clutch was spongy on the out lap and we bled it on the grid, but it still caused a major issue off the start. We put our head down and got the IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford back up the order, but at the end we simply ran out of rubber. Today we had a better showing in qualifying and our race pace was not too bad; it would have been nice to reward that effort with a better finish. The IRWIN Racing Falcon is quite good and we will keep tuning it up tonight. We feel that over a race that is twice as long we have a good chance for a strong finish."

WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAS TO SAY:

"In some ways dropping back to 23rd and then making up 10 places by the end is a good effort, but it was not the desired result the IRWIN team was hoping for. Alex's race pace was again very good and our tyre life was better than most, but maybe five less laps at the end would have been handy. We feel that we have a good shot tomorrow; especially with the expected higher track temperature and longer race taking away some of the advantage of those who are yet to use the soft tyre. A good performance in qualifying; then we just need to carry that through into the race."

-credit: ir

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Garth Tander , Jamie Whincup , Alex Davison