DAVISON SETS TOP-10 PRACTICE TIME IN THE TOP-END IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has set the 10th fastest time in practice for this weekend's SKYCITY Triple Crown at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway, the fifth weekend of the V8 Supercar Championship...
DAVISON SETS TOP-10 PRACTICE TIME IN THE TOP-END
IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has set the 10th fastest time in practice for this weekend's SKYCITY Triple Crown at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway, the fifth weekend of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.
It was Davison's best performance in qualifying since setting the third quickest time at the second race weekend of the season in Hamilton (New Zealand).
Placed 15th in the championship coming into the Hidden Valley round, Davison was not eligible to take part in the first practice session of the day; reserved for drivers 16th and back in the standings.
He joined the second 50-minute session, but running on older tyres the IRWIN Racing driver struggled with oversteer and could only manage the 25th quickest time.
The IRWIN team was confident that fresher rubber would go a long way to solving the issue, but the team was keen not to waste good rubber. So they kept the same tyres on the IRWIN Falcon as they worked on improving the car's balance.
The better set of tyres were put on the IRWIN Ford towards the ends of the final 50-minute session. The desired result was achieved with the eighth fastest time of that session -- 10th overall. Davison locked a front wheel trying to better that time, and he was not able to climb further up the order.
The IRWIN Racing crew will work on further improvements tonight ahead of tomorrow's qualifying and opening race of the weekend.
WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAS TO SAY:
"We really struggled for most of the session on older tyres. When you are using older rubber like that it is quite easy to head down the wrong path, but thankfully we found our way and managed to get the Irwin Falcon into the top 10. We were struggling with oversteer, but when we put the better tyres on that went away and we got a reasonable time. The tyres were nowhere near new, but they gave us an idea that we are heading in the right direction. The heat was not too bad out there, but I am sure that will be a little different when we get to the race. The cool suit and air flow is working well and I am sure I will appreciate that more come the races. The team is working hard to punch us up the time sheets and hopefully we can get the job done over the weekend."
WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAS TO SAY:
"That is certainly one of our better Friday sessions for the year. It was important not to lose our direction. We stuck with our plan and the time eventually came with some fresher tyres. We had trouble locking the front left wheel and that only left us with really three good tyres for the final run, so to do that time was pleasing.It also provides us with some confidence that we have a bit left for the weekend."