OPENING LAP CONTACT RUINS DAVISON'S DAY IN ABU DHABI A collision on the opening lap has ruined any chance of a top-five finish for IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison at the second race of the V8 Yas 400 in Abu Dhabi. Davison started the day strongly...
OPENING LAP CONTACT RUINS DAVISON'S DAY IN ABU DHABI
A collision on the opening lap has ruined any chance of a top-five finish for IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison at the second race of the V8 Yas 400 in Abu Dhabi.
Davison started the day strongly once again qualifying inside the top-10 (ninth), but that good work was all undone on the 'Corkscrew' section of the Yas Marina circuit.
Fighting for position after the start, Davison had a coming together with Michael Caruso that damaged the front-left wheel and tyre. By the completion of lap #2 Davison was in the pits with a deflated tyre and the crew was forced to make repairs to the steering.
The IRWIN Racing Ford returned to the track two laps down and was placed 27th at the finish.
Better news for Davison's Stone Brothers Racing teammate Shane van Gisbergen, who scored his first podium result with a third place finish.
Despite the misfortune in the second race, the weekend was a positive for Davison and the entire IRWIN Racing team, with a ninth place finish in the opening race, plus the strong qualifying performances and the fourth quickest time during practice.
The IRWIN Racing team now packs down, but remains in the Middle East for the next race in Bahrain next week.
What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:
"Looking at the bigger picture this has been a very solid start to the season for the IRWIN Racing team. We had two top-10 qualifying performances, which we didn't achieve last year, so that along with yesterday's race result have been big positives from the weekend. We had a very good IRWIN Falcon for the race, but we never got the chance to show it. I was around the outside of Michael Caruso fair and square heading into 'Corkscrew' and he tried to drive me off the road. Then when we went down the hill I was alongside him and then he turned into me like I wasn't there. The steering was damaged and the race was effectively over. I was pleased for Shane to see him on the podium and certainly for the entire group at Stone Brothers Racing it provides a lift. We are keen to carry that through next week in Bahrain and have the IRWIN Racing Ford right up there.
What David Stuart - IRWIN Race Engineer had to say:
"Qualifying was strong again which was very pleasing and we believed we had a strong package for the race. It was a shame that the opening lap incident negated us showing just how good it could have been. The incident will be investigated by V8 officials in Bahrain, but that is little consolation for what happened in this race. We punctured a tyre and damaged the steering and really just circulated to grab a few points. All in all the weekend has been very encouraging for the IRWIN Racing Falcon and for Alex. We are looking forward to rolling into Bahrain and having three strong days, and not just two like we had here."
-source: irwin racing