ALEX DAVISON SET FOR A CHARGE IN TOMORROW'S RACE AT SANDOWN IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has finished today's opening race of the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge in 16th place, but has set himself up for a strong charge in tomorrow's second race of...
ALEX DAVISON SET FOR A CHARGE IN TOMORROW'S RACE AT SANDOWN
IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has finished today's opening race of the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge in 16th place, but has set himself up for a strong charge in tomorrow's second race of the weekend.
After qualifying 14th for today's 100km race, the IRWIN Racing crew decided to run a conservative tyre strategy to keep fresh rubber for tomorrow qualifying session and the 200km race. Importantly, Davison did not run the softer option tyre today, keeping it as his trump card for a charge tomorrow.
Davison got a good start and moved to 11th by the end of the opening lap. He was soon swamped by other drivers on the softer tyres and he slipped to 15th.
On lap #18 of #33 he made his pit stop for 50 litres of fuel and the IRWIN Racing team choose to change rear tyres only. Returning to the track Davison soon had the leaders behind him and as they had not yet made their stops, he was obliged to move aside and let them pass.
The decision to change just the two tyres did affect the IRWIN Falcon's balance and he gave up one further spot to Steven Richards (soft tyres) in the final laps.
WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAS TO SAY:
"We were never going to get a great result today, but we have set ourselves up for a strong run tomorrow. The IRWIN Racing Ford felt really strong from the outset, but with guys around us on the soft tyres we lost some positions, but we soon maintained a strong pace and position. We made the call to put just rear tyres on in the pit stop and from that point we had a lot of understeer for the rest of the race. We lost a little more time getting out of the way of the leaders who were still on the softer tyres before they pitted, which maybe cost us a spot in the final results. I hate to run around like that today, but we have a good stock of tyres that we had to keep for tomorrow and it was the right decision to not use more tyres today."
WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAS TO SAY:
"We would have likes a few more spots, but that is how it goes in these soft tyres races. We would have needed a little luck to make the top-10 today. Qualifying back in 14th we made the right call by saving our soft tyres and keeping them for tomorrow. As well as those tyres, we have four brand new tyres for qualifying and another set that have very few kilometres on them. We are happy with the pace in the IRWIN Racing Falcon this weekend and with good rubber for tomorrow we are confident of a very good result."