Townsville: IRWIN Racing race 1 report

NINE SECONDS OFF THE TOWNSVILLE TOP 10 After qualifying his IRWIN Ford Falcon in 19th place Alex Davison has just fallen short of the top 10 in Townsville today. Davison managing to pass several cars to finish 13th -- a mere nine seconds off...

NINE SECONDS OFF THE TOWNSVILLE TOP 10

After qualifying his IRWIN Ford Falcon in 19th place Alex Davison has just fallen short of the top 10 in Townsville today.

Davison managing to pass several cars to finish 13th -- a mere nine seconds off the top 10.

Thanks to several small improvements to the IRWIN Falcon during the compulsory pit stops, the team managed to strengthen the car and make up several positions in the last 10 laps.

IRWIN Racing believes the gains made in the final stint of today's race will benefit the team in tomorrow's final race of the SUCROGEN Townsville 400.

The only distraction for the team was an incident between Davison and Jonathan Webb on lap 44, which will be reviewed by race officials.

What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:

"We improved the IRWIN Ford between qualifying and the race, then improved it further thanks to the adjustments made during the pit stops. The car was a little bit of a handful at first but it managed to come on strong at the end. I think our pace towards the end of the race was good. We made a small error in initial set up but we learn more from our mistakes sometimes. We'll make sense of what we did and have another crack tomorrow. As for the incident with (Jonathan) Webb, he and one of the Kelly's were banging into each other and got all tangled up so I drove up alongside him on the straight between (turns) three and five. I was up the inside of him, he didn't give me any room and turned in on me. I went over the kerb on the inside to try and avoid him but he either didn't know I was there or just hoped I'd disappear and ended up going backwards. I was well up the inside, he should have given me some room."

What IRWIN Racing Engineer David Stuart had to say:

"We weren't that shiny in qualifying; some days you're the hammer and other days you're the nail. At Darwin we were the hammer, today we were the nail. We made a change for the race ... judging on our pace in the race we probably didn't have to make that change. Our pace in the last stint was really good and we made up a lot of spots. It's always nice to pass cars on the track and not during the pit stops. Alex (Davison) did that today. If it pans out like Darwin, we'll be on pole tomorrow and lead the race. We need to do some more work to achieve that goal. As we said last week the secret is really in qualifying. I think we learned more about the car today which we hope will help tomorrow. On the Alex/(Jonathan) Webb incident. We only saw them going into the turn and then the aftermath. It's probably a race incident, it'll depend on what the view is from the IPO (race officials) and what the onboard footage shows. If it shows that Alex was right up beside him, then it's a racing incident, meaning Webb probably caused it. We'll see what the IPO has to say."

-source: irwin racing

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Series Supercars
Drivers Alex Davison