IRWIN RACING CROSS BASS STRAIGHT FOR COOL BLAST AT SYMMONS PLAINS It is sure to be the coldest event of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, but IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison plans to be hot at Tasmania's Symmons Plains Raceway. Davison comes...
IRWIN RACING CROSS BASS STRAIGHT FOR COOL BLAST AT SYMMONS PLAINS
It is sure to be the coldest event of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, but IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison plans to be hot at Tasmania's Symmons Plains Raceway.
Davison comes into the fourth event of the year with the best preparation he has had all season following an encouraging test at Queensland Raceway.
It was Davison's first non-interrupted test, with the 29-year-old completing 170 laps of the Willowbank circuit. The result has been a range of improvements to the IRWIN FG Ford Falcon and this has everyone on the team confident of a strong performance on the Apple Isle.
Symmons Plains is one track Davison does have V8 experience on, having raced there in 2004. He finished 20th in races #1 and #2 that year. That event marked the V8 return to Tasmania for the first time since 1999. All races since 2004 have been run in November, so winter conditions are expected, including wet weather.
The Symmons Plains race will once again feature the Dunlop SP Maxx Sprint soft race tyre. However, unlike the previous meeting at Winton (Victoria) teams will not have the opportunity to trial the softer tyre during practice.
Currently placed 16th in the championship chase, Davison will be given an extra practice session along with the other drivers in the lower half of the standings.
WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAS TO SAY:
"I enjoy racing on the Symmons Plains circuit," said Davison. "For such a short lap it really has a lot of features, including the long back straight and the tight hairpin. It is a track where passing can occur, especially if your car is working well. The recent test allowed us to work on getting the car set-up better. This has improved the handling and balance and we feel that will give us a better shot in qualifying and the races. I have raced a V8 there before, but it was in November in the warmer months, although it never gets really warm down there. One thing is for sure it will be cold this time around. The introduction of the soft tyre certainly has made things exciting. This time around we will not get the opportunity to try the tyre in practice; so the first time we will really know what effect it has will be in the races."
WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAS TO SAY:
"We are confident that we found some things with the car during the test that will improve our performance on the track beginning at Symmons Plains," said McDougall. "The one thing with Symmons Plains is that tyre wear is the lowest of any track we race on. It will be interesting to see how the soft tyre works there; as the standard tyre stays consistent even over a longer run. In saying that, the track still provides plenty of technical challenges, including brakes, which take a pounding. We have raced at Symmons Plains in the past in the relatively warmer month of November. For sure it will be cold this time of the year, which could create another challenge with finding grip on a cold surface."