Adelaide: IRWIN Racing race 2 report

THE STREETS PROVE MEAN FOR IRWIN RACING IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has just missed a top-10 finish in the opening race of the Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide. The result in the opening race was the highlight to an otherwise ...

THE STREETS PROVE MEAN FOR IRWIN RACING

IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has just missed a top-10 finish in the opening race of the Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide.

The result in the opening race was the highlight to an otherwise challenging weekend, with race #2 bringing a 23rd place finish after the cool suit system in the IRWIN Racing Ford came loose inside the car and Davison was forced to the pits for an extra stop.

Despite qualifying 23rd for the opening race, the IRWIN Racing team used a two-stop pit strategy to vault Davison up the leader board. With early safety car periods falling the way of the IRWIN Racing Ford, Davison looked set for a top-five finish. However, a late safety car period put everyone back on the same fuel loads and Davison's advantage was negated in the run to the chequered flag and he finished 11th.

Qualifying for the second race was only a little better with the IRWIN Ford starting from 20th position. Davison began to drive his way through the field, but an extra stop was required on lap #29 to secure the ice box that is part of the cool suit system. The IRWIN Ford lost the lead lap and a long period of green flag racing meant he had no chance of getting back towards the top-10.

With cabin temperatures rising Davison battled through to the end of the race.

The IRWIN Ford Falcon is next on track at the non-championship Australian Grand Prix support at Albert Park in Melbourne from 25-28 March.

What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:

"We struggled with the handling all weekend in the IRWIN Racing Ford and in two long races it took its toll. In the Saturday race we were able to use good strategy to get ourselves towards the top-10. However, with the second race running so long with just one safety car period, we had to really battle out there. We have showed that we can be on the pace, but we just have not had the IRWIN Falcon in the performance window since that first weekend in Abu Dhabi. We will have another good look at things heading into the non-championship weekend at the Grand Prix in Melbourne and then aim to get back towards the front at the V8 Series round in NZ."

What David Stuart IRWIN Racing Engineer had to say:

"The whole weekend was far from easy. Our qualifying for both races was disappointing, but thanks to good driving from Alex and a clever team strategy from the IRWIN crew in the pits we went from 23rd to 11th in the opening race. We hoped for more in the second race, but the cool suit issue meant an extra stop which put us on the back foot throughout the race. At the end of the day we must do a better job next time out. What we need to do is go away from this weekend and really do our home work the come out at the Grand Prix and get things heading in the right direction for the IRWIN Racing team."

-source: irwin racing

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Series Supercars
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