TOUGH DAY FOR IRWIN RACING IN ADELAIDE IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison sits equal 17th in the V8 Supercar Championship after the opening race weekend of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. After finishing 15th in ...
TOUGH DAY FOR IRWIN RACING IN ADELAIDE
IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison sits equal 17th in the V8 Supercar Championship after the opening race weekend of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
After finishing 15th in yesterday's opening race of the weekend, Davison completed the second race in 25th position after a tough day of racing.
Starting 26th, Davison climbed to 15th before the main pit stop cycle. Exiting the pits after making his fuel and tyre stop, he clipped one of the corner bundles and damaged the left-front guard. Consequently he was forced to the pits for repairs and lost two laps to the leaders.
Then on lap #60 the IRWIN Ford returned to the pits with low battery voltage. The crew again made repairs, but decided to hold Davison in the pits through to the second last lap when he re-joined the race and took the chequered flag.
The IRWIN Racing team has little time to reflect on this weekend, with Davison back on track next weekend at the non-championship Australian Formula One Grand Prix support event.
"Not the greatest debut and certainly not too many positives, but we completed both races," said Davison.
"In today's race the car was not great and then our issues compounded that.
"We are scratching our heads a bit at the moment with why the car is not responding the way we want it.
"We have the non-championship race next weekend at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne and that will be an excellent opportunity for the IRWIN Racing team to get our heads around things without the pressure of championship points."
The IRWIN Racing team will stay in Adelaide tomorrow and prepare the car ahead of the Grand Prix event next weekend.
"It has been a tough weekend, but getting to the finish of both races is an achievement," said McDougall.
"We have a straight car at the end of the day and we can now focus on the Grand Prix meeting next week.
"As a group we are still all learning a lot about each other and the new IRWIN Ford Falcon FG. Certainly there is a lot of work to do, but we know that we are not too far off.
"We will continue to work on the IRWIN Racing Ford next week at the Grand Prix. We can try some different ideas and I'm sure that will provide huge benefits going forward."
Cars hit the track at Albert Park for practice and qualifying on Thursday. Friday includes a top-10 shootout and the opening 15-lap race. Saturday has another 15-lap race, with a 19-lap final race on the Sunday.