IRWIN RACING OPENS SYDNEY STREET TRACK IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison was the first V8 Supercar driver to set a timed lap at the all-new Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit ahead of this weekend's Sydney Telstra 500. Davison led the field onto the...
IRWIN RACING OPENS SYDNEY STREET TRACK
IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison was the first V8 Supercar driver to set a timed lap at the all-new Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit ahead of this weekend's Sydney Telstra 500.
Davison led the field onto the track in the first of three practice sessions today. With no previous experience of the track to call on, it was a pioneering effort from the IRWIN Racing team.
Narrow and bumpy in some section, the track proved tricky for a number of teams and drivers, including Davison and the IRWIN Racing crew. He touched the wall at turn #5 through the fast Etihad Sweep during the opening practice session and the IRWIN team was called into action to make repairs to the right-rear suspension.
Back on track Davison and his crew worked through a range of set-up changes as they looked to find the optimum set-up for the Sydney track. This took until 10 minutes to go in the final session when Davison moved some 14 spots up the order to be 15th.
He held that position through to the final minutes when he completed the day in 19th.
WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAS TO SAY:
"The IRWIN Racing Ford doesn't feel that bad, but in this game small margins can drop you well down the order. Certainly we know it can get there, we will just need to work on things and make sure the IRWIN Falcon is hooked up for qualifying in the morning. Being a brand new circuit we have no previous data to look at. We had to really work our way through things to improve the car. The track is certainly very tight -- surprisingly so. It is very intense and you have absolutely no time to relax. Any lapse in concentration will result with the car in the fence or up an escape road."
WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAS TO SAY:
"It was a trying day for us coming to grips with the new circuit. We had a set-back when Alex touched the wall at turn #5 in the first session. We had to fix the right-rear suspension on the IRWIN Ford and lost some time. In practice B and C we made plenty of changes. It took a while to find a setting that appeared to work. We put on a better set of tyres and then jumped up the order. We definitely have found a good direction and we just need to make some further improvements to the IRWIN Falcon into qualifying."