Hidden Valley: IRWIN Racing preview

ALEX DAVISON AIMS FOR HIDDEN VALLEY PODIUM REPEAT IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison is eying off the podium at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway. Davison scored his debut V8 Supercar podium at last year's SKYCITY Triple Crown, coming second in...

ALEX DAVISON AIMS FOR HIDDEN VALLEY PODIUM REPEAT

IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison is eying off the podium at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway.

Davison scored his debut V8 Supercar podium at last year's SKYCITY Triple Crown, coming second in Sunday's race, and hopes to repeat the result.

Having enjoyed success at a recent test day, Davison is looking forward to travelling to one of his favourite events.

"I've always enjoyed racing at Darwin, I like the track and we obviously went really well there last year," said IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison.

"I have some very happy memories of Darwin; I'd love to be able to repeat the performance."

As much as he loves Darwin, Davison didn't think last year's success was track related; it was more the team having a competitive set-up.

"Unfortunately I don't think there is anything special about Darwin which made me go really well, last year we just had the IRWIN Ford going really well," Davison said.

"It worked well on hard tyres, it worked well on soft tyres and we got a good result.

"I'm hoping we can get on top of the car and it performs as well as it did last year."

With the Championship returning to both hard and soft option tyres, Davison is expecting teams with well balanced cars to do well.

"We run on hard tyres all weekend but we get one set of soft tyres for the race on Sunday," Davison said.

"The 200 kilometre race is a long race and anything can happen. There are so many variables. A lot of things have to go right.

"What I've found, having used these tyres for the last two years, is that if your car is well balanced on one type of tyre it will work well on the other."

As much as IRWIN Racing would like to leave Darwin with another trophy, it is aiming for more silverware in the future.

"I want to get the number four IRWIN Ford up there again and get some more trophies in the cabinet," said Davison.

"I want to prove to myself and everyone else that I am capable of winning races in V8 Supercars.

"It's obviously very important for IRWIN and Ford that we get up there again."

IRWIN Racing qualified 10th in last year's Sunday race and finished second. It was Alex Davison's and IRWIN Racing's first podium.

Races 13 and 14 of the V8 Supercar Championship are at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway on July 19 and 20, 2010.

-source: irwin racing

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