IRWIN RACING FORCED TO WORK HARD AHEAD OF THE CLIPSAL 500 IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has had a tough day at the office during practice and qualifying for the opening round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Clipsal 500, in ...
IRWIN RACING FORCED TO WORK HARD AHEAD OF THE CLIPSAL 500
IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has had a tough day at the office during practice and qualifying for the opening round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Clipsal 500, in Adelaide.
Davison completed just two laps in the opening practice session before an engine failure sidelined the IRWIN Ford and lost him valuable track time.
The IRWIN Racing team put in an extraordinary effort to change the engine, but Davison only got eight more laps behind the wheel ahead of the afternoon's qualifying session.
The lack of track time told in qualifying and he will start both the Saturday and Sunday races from 26th position.
"It started off bad and really didn't get better," said Alex Davison.
"Unfortunately we are in catch-up mode, but we will go over all the data and aim to get headed in the right direction tomorrow.
"There were two red flags in the qualifying run as well, but at the end of the day we are still chasing speed out of the car. Importantly we know that the IRWIN Ford has the potential, we just need to unlock that for tomorrow and Sunday.
"We do have plenty of work ahead of us in the races. With the new format of qualifying setting the grid for both races, we will need to pass plenty of cars. It will be a busy time that's for sure."
IRWIN Racing Engineer Wes McDougal will work with Davison and the rest of the crew to improve the car as well as work on race strategy.
"Track time is so important and we just didn't get that today," said McDougall.
"The IRWIN Falcon was better in qualifying, but we are still halfway to where we want to be.
"Strategy does play a big part in two long races and we can roll the dice with our pit stops. The biggest issue is that there are a lot of cars between us and the front. Plus we will have to come through the field on both days."