Sydney: Irwin Racing preview

IRWIN RACING READY FOR NEW CHALLENGE IN SYDNEY IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison is looking forward to what promises to be one of the biggest motor sports events on the Australian sporting calendar, the Sydney Telstra 500 around the Homebush Olympic...

IRWIN RACING READY FOR NEW CHALLENGE IN SYDNEY

IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison is looking forward to what promises to be one of the biggest motor sports events on the Australian sporting calendar, the Sydney Telstra 500 around the Homebush Olympic precinct this weekend.

Many years have gone into the planning for this event, and the importance has not been lost on Davison and the entire IRWIN Racing crew.

The street-track uses the road system around the 2000 Olympic venues, plus for fans access will be like no other with the Olympic Park train station set to delivery 150,000 race spectators over the weekend. Another unique aspect to the track will be the indoor garage/paddock area where one of the massive pavilions will host all 29 cars, trucks and equipment.

The track itself is set to provide one of the greatest challenges of the V8 season. Fast and open in some sections, it also has its fair share of narrow and tight section to keep drivers on their toes. The last sting in the tail will be a twin-250km event. Only the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide has the same race format, and that event is regarded as the toughest event physically for drivers.

For Davison it is important to not only do well at the all-new event, but also gain momentum ahead of the off-season.

WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAS TO SAY:

"It is a huge deal to have such a big race in Australia's biggest city. It has taken a lot of work over many years to get to this point and the result will be an event that is truelly worthy of grand final status. I have done a lot of big races at places such as Indianapolis and Le Mans, and although you can get too caught-up in the exciterment, I have been able to separate the event itself from the job at hand. Traditionally the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide has been the toughest event physically. From what we have seen so far in the planning for Sydney, this race could prove to be even tougher. The layout of the track is very exciting, but also very testing on the driver and car. It is quite narrow and there is certainly very little time to catch a breath. There will be guys who make mistakes due to the strain over the final 50km and it's important to be in a position to take advantage when that happens. The better we go at this race, the better the IRWIN Racing team feels going into the offseason and that can prove a springboard to the 2010 season."

WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAS TO SAY:

"With this race being a new event for everyone, and it being the conclusion of Alex's first full year, it is very important to get a good result. The other all-new event this year was Townsville, a place where no one had previous track experience. On that weekend we showed plenty of promise. From what we do know about the track is that it is narrow and will be hard on brakes. The IRWIN Racing team is very confident of having strong brakes throughout both races. Although we are required to put 100 litres of fuel in the car over two stops, stretching the fuel window could prove critical. The IRWIN Racing team has showed that we can do that without sacrificing all-important power."

-credit: irwin racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Alex Davison