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IRWIN RACING BATTLES IT OUT ON THE STREETS OF THE GOLD COAST IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has finished the Saturday leg of the Nikon SuperGP in 14th place overall after battling through both 150km races. Starting from 24th in the first race, ...

IRWIN RACING BATTLES IT OUT ON THE STREETS OF THE GOLD COAST

IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has finished the Saturday leg of the Nikon SuperGP in 14th place overall after battling through both 150km races.

Starting from 24th in the first race, Davison climbed to 19th by the end of the opening lap. He moved up another three positions before the pit stops started to cycle through. Davison pitted from seventh position, but a stuck right-rear wheel in the pit stop cost some ten extra seconds and re-joined the race in 20th.

In a race of attrition that featured three safety car periods and seven retirements, the IRWIN Racing driver moved up the order to finish 16th.

The second race was far less eventful with no safety cars and only one retirement, with Davison crossing the line in 17th place at the finish. The combined points for the day placed him 14th.

WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAS TO SAY:

"We just don't have the IRWIN Racing Ford right now to do what we want to do -- and do what we know we can do. We are just really struggling with the car speed. I'm doing all I can off the start when everyone is bunched, but over the longer runs we just don't have the pace to mix it with them. It was just a matter of getting to the finish and then improve it a lot more tonight if we are going to do anything spectacular tomorrow."

WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAS TO SAY:

"We really battled today. It shows that when you qualify back in the field here just how hard it is to move forward. You get stuck in the mid pack scramble the whole day. When you look at some of the damage that some of the other cars suffered it is good to finish with the IRWIN Ford in one piece. We feel that we are getting on top of the balance issues, our lap times were better in the second race. Our focus now switches to making sure we have a better car for tomorrow's qualifying session and have a real crack in the races."

-credit: irwin

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Series Supercars
Drivers Alex Davison