ALEX DAVISON LEAVES ABU DHABI SECOND IN THE V8 CHAMPIONSHIP
IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison is on his way home to Australia sitting second in the V8 Supercar Championship having finished second and seventh in the first two races of the series.
Racing at Abu Dhabi's billion dollar YAS Marina circuit, Davison broke through for his first podium in almost two years in Friday's first race of the season, then backed it up with a well fought seventh in today's second and final 200 kilometre race.
Davison came into the first round wanting to qualify for both races inside of the top 10; he achieved this starting on the second row of the grid yesterday and eighth in today's race.
Filled with confidence, following a successful test a fortnight ago, Davison believed he had the equipment to surprise a few people and could leave with some silverware and a decent haul of points.
His Abu Dhabi results have him sitting second in the championship, behind 2009 V8 champion Jamie Whincup.
The series now returns to Australia and the Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide, March 17-20.
What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:
"Overall the weekend has been brilliant for everyone at IRWIN Racing and SBR (Stone Brothers Racing). We've come out with a strong championship standing and good confidence having exceeded the expectations I set myself at the start of the weekend, so we've ticked some big boxes and can leave here feeling pretty good. Dan (Kroehn ) and everyone in the SBR garage have done a brilliant job this weekend. I hope that this is the start of some great results for the team going forward."
What IRWIN Engineer Daniel Kroehn had to say:
"It's been a fantastic start to the championship for IRWIN Racing and SBR (Stone Brothers Racing). Alex (Davison) has done a stellar job all weekend, the podium yesterday and he held his nerve in what was a pretty crazy race today. We've come away second in the championship for the IRWIN Tools car, something that even we didn't imagine coming into the weekend. We were confident, but we have exceeded expectations. The sister cars at SBR had good results, with both Shane (van Gisbergen) and Tim (Slade) showing that we are going to be ultra competitive this year. In addition to this SBR goes home with the lead in the team's championship. We couldn't be happier, we're rapt."