IRWIN RACING STUNS THE V8 WORLD WITH ABU DHABI PODIUM
IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has made the dream start to the 2011 V8 Supercar season finishing the first of two 200 kilometre races in Abu Dhabi UAE in second place.
Davison set up his second career V8 podium with one of his best ever qualifying sessions, starting the race in an impressive third place.
He had the fastest Ford and sat behind the two Team Vodafone Holdens of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup.
A brilliant start saw him pass both up the centre of the track to take the lead of the race prior to the first turn, before settling into second place by the end of the first lap.
Davison showed that with the right machinery he could be a championship threat, comfortably holding his place at the front of the grid for the entire race.
It was Davison's best qualifying performance since Darwin last year, where he had his first V8 Supercar career pole; and his first podium since Darwin 2009 - 42 races ago - where he also placed second.
In a performance that has stunned the V8 fraternity, IRWIN Racing now turns its attention to the final race of the weekend, where it will be hoping to back up this result with another podium.
Qualifying for race two commences at 9.15pm tonight (Australian EDST) followed by the second a final 200 kilometre race of the weekend at 12.35am (early Sunday morning).
What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:
On coming second in this morning's first race of the V8 season ...
"IRWIN Racing has had a rough time and this result is a bit of a long time coming. It's a little bit of a surprise to be this strong this early in the season but I have to say thanks to everyone at Stone Brothers Racing for giving me a car that enabled me to get up on the podium. A big thanks to my new race engineer Dan (Kroehn), I said to him on the in lap that we've set him up for disappointment now. I hope we can keep this up."
On his qualifying performance ...
"It's a great way to start the new season. This is my best qualifying result since Darwin last year. It's a shame because I could have gone quicker on my last fast lap but I lost a bit of time at Turn 11. Still, I'm happy to be starting from the second row."
-source: irwin racing