Winton: IRWIN Racing preview

IRWIN RACING'S ALEX DAVISON TO SOFTEN-UP AT WINTON IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison is looking for further improvement at the third weekend of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Winton Motor Raceway in Central Victoria. Davison sits 11th in the...

IRWIN RACING'S ALEX DAVISON TO SOFTEN-UP AT WINTON

IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison is looking for further improvement at the third weekend of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Winton Motor Raceway in Central Victoria.

Davison sits 11th in the championship standings after back-to-back top-10 finishes at the previous round at Hamilton in New Zealand.

Winton is very familiar to the IRWIN Racing driver, but this will be his V8 Supercar debut. Also debuting this weekend will be a new softer tyre option for all the teams.

The Dunlop SP Maxx Sprint is permitted to be used once only in either of the weekend's two races. To get a feel for what the tyre offers, IRWIN Racing along with all teams will be given a set to use during Friday practice.

The weekend's action will feature a 100km race on the Saturday and a 200km race on the Sunday. Once again each race will feature separate qualifying sessions.

All the technical changes have kept the IRWIN Racing engineering group busy as they look at a range of strategies to get to the Ford Falcon towards the front.

WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAS TO SAY:

"I have raced plenty of times in other categories at Winton and have tested a V8 Supercar there before, but this weekend aboard the IRWIN Racing Falcon will be my race debut in the category," said Davison.

"As a team we made great strides from the opening round in Adelaide to Hamilton. Now that we are around the top-10 it does get harder to jump those next few spots; especially at a circuit that all the Victorian teams know so well.

"However, our working relationship as a group is improving and we will continue to stick to our plan of how we approach practice. Then ideally we can carry that through to a better performance in qualifying and then further improve our race pace.

"I'm really looking forward to driving the IRWIN Racing Ford on the soft tyre.

"Overall V8 Supercars have low-grip compared to other categories. So providing a different option will have a big effect on the racing. My experience in categories that offers other tyre compounds means I have a very good feel for the difference that a softer tyre can make."

WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAS TO SAY:

"This round features probably the most dramatic changes we have seen to the category in years," said McDougall.

"Different tyres and tyre rules; a 100km race on Saturday and 200km on Sunday; so there is plenty to think about both in and out of the car," said McDougall.

"Being a Queensland-based team, Winton in the past has been one of our weaker circuits. These rule changes are in effect an equaliser, but we will have to be on our game to make the most of the new variables.

"Tyres are always critical, but even more so when you are given an option. We get the opportunity to run the soft tyre on the IRWIN Racing Ford in practice and that will give us a good idea of its performance and other characteristics.

"For the Saturday race the officials have mandated a fuel stop where you have to take on 50-litres of fuel; so that's another variable we have to work with.

"In terms of is it better to use it in the shorter or longer race? That will be determined after we try it on the Friday and then where we qualify for Saturday. The basic plan would be use the softer tyre when you are going to get the most benefit."

-credit: irwin

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