ONG AFTERNOON FOR DAVISON IN SYDNEY
IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has finished 20th in the opening 250km race of the Sydney Telstra 500 after a tough afternoon around the Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit.
Starting 23rd, Davison moved to 20th in the opening laps before making a lightning 10 second pit stop for two tyres and fuel on lap #10, when a safety car was called onto the circuit. He re-joined in 15th but reported a loose feeling in the front of the car and he returned to the pitlane.
The IRWIN Racing could not find anything obvious and sent him back on the track in 27th place. However, on lap #20 the IRWIN Ford brushed the wall after the front-right suspension broke. Davison brought the Falcon straight into the garage and the crew found a broken wishbone top bolt.
The IRWIN Racing crew decided to make the rest of the race a 'live' test and repaired the Falcon and sent Davison back out onto the circuit.
Although he was 13-laps behind the leaders, he pressed on, but the brake pedal soon became very long. Davison once again brought the IRWIN Ford to the garage so that the team could bleed the brake system.
Determined to score a finish, Davison rejoined the race and ensured he completed enough laps to be classified in the final results.
WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAS TO SAY:
"We were going OK and made up some spots on that first pit stop. Then I felt that something was loose in the front of the IRWIN Ford and I started to get a long brake pedal because of the movement in the suspension. It ended up breaking a bolt and I brushed the wall and had to come in for repairs. We went back out to complete the race, and try some roll bar settings and the like for tomorrow's race. That seemed to go OK as we did have pace similar to the leaders. That along with the fact that we only used two extra tyres today should help us for tomorrow's race."
WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAS TO SAY:
"This place is pretty hard on the cars and we broke a bolt in the front suspension. It was a relatively quick fix, but we made sure that it was safe so that Alex could complete the race. We used the track time to work on improving the IRWIN Falcon for tomorrow's race. We were quite a few laps down at the end, but only used two extra tyres and still set times within the top five for the race. We learnt some more about the IRWIN Ford and how the track evolved. We will use that information for a crack tomorrow with fresh tyres and save the best for last."