Hidden Valley: IRWIN Racing race 1 report

DRIVE OF THE DAY BY IRWIN RACING IN DARWIN In what was arguably the drive of the day, Alex Davison has driven his IRWIN Ford Falcon to 15th after starting 25th in the first V8 race at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway. Davison started strongly,...

DRIVE OF THE DAY BY IRWIN RACING IN DARWIN

In what was arguably the drive of the day, Alex Davison has driven his IRWIN Ford Falcon to 15th after starting 25th in the first V8 race at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway.

Davison started strongly, but a small roll-centre adjustment to the IRWIN Ford at the compulsory pit stop improved his car further, allowing him to attack those ahead of him.

The IRWIN driver made up 3.5 seconds to catch Greg Murphy and pass with ease and pushed Jack Daniels Rick Kelly through to the end of the race.

Happy with his car, Davison could have been a top 10 contender had he qualified higher.

The drive has given IRWIN Racing renewed confidence going into Sunday's longer 200 kilometre race.

What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:

"It was quite a fun race. It was good to be able to attack and to be fast enough to pass during the race. We passed a heap of cars. We still need to improve the way the IRWIN Falcon is handling but it was good to at least make one step forward. I was having a good battle at the end. I was hoping to get past Rick (Kelly) but by the time I got to him my tyres dropped off. I didn't have the drive off the corners to get close enough to him and safely pass. I'm definitely a lot happier with the car now compared to what I had in qualifying. We'll keep chipping away and hope we can improve the car further for tomorrow."

What IRWIN Racing Engineer David Stuart had to say:

"We had good strategy and Alex (Davison) did a brilliant job today. We were obviously very, very disappointed about our performance in qualifying, it's something we really have to work hard on. You can't win races from 25th. You've got to start in the top 10. With race pace like we had today, if we'd started in the top 10 we would have finished in the top five. I think Alex passed more cars than anyone else and there's hardly a mark on the car. We had it all over Rick (Kelly); we just couldn't get past him. Rick's an exceptional driver and he's not going to make it easy for us. We just need some more pace, not much, just a little more will really help. Tomorrow will be all be about qualifying. We know we have a race package that can go the distance. We just need three-tenths (of a second) in qualifying and we'll be there."

-source: irwin

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Series Supercars
Drivers Greg Murphy , Rick Kelly , Alex Davison