DAVISON CLIMBS 11 PLACES IN OPENING DARWIN V8 RACE IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has shown plenty of spirit to fight back from an engine failure in qualifying to finish 19th in the opening V8 Supercar race of the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Darwin's...
DAVISON CLIMBS 11 PLACES IN OPENING DARWIN V8 RACE
IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison has shown plenty of spirit to fight back from an engine failure in qualifying to finish 19th in the opening V8 Supercar race of the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Darwin's Hidden Valley.
After setting the 10th quickest time in yesterday's practice, Davison was confident of making it through to the top-10 in this morning's qualifying sessions.
However, an engine issue parked Davison on the side of the track just four laps into the qualifying session and he had to start this afternoon's race from the final spot on the grid (position #30).
Davison put his head down from the start, climbing to 24th with just four laps of the 35-lap race in the books. The IRWIN Falcon got boxed in behind fellow Ford driver Steve Richards and was unable to move further up the order.
Race Engineer Wes McDougall called Davison to the pits earlier than planned to get him out of the traffic on lap #18. Upon returning to the track, Davison had clear track to work with and once the pit stop cycle was completed, he had moved to 19th.
The disappointment in today's qualifying could work to the advantage of the IRWIN Racing team tomorrow. Davison has a stock of fresh tyres for the 20-minute qualifying session in the morning, plus a set of the soft Dunlop tyres up his sleeve for the race.
WHAT ALEX DAVISON HAS TO SAY:
"We did what we could do from where we started. To loose an engine in qualifying was disappointing, but you just have to get on with it. We didn't make any mistakes out there or in the pits and that allowed us to make the ground we did. The pleasing thing was the we had the speed or better than the guys around us. I got stuck behind (Steve) Richards in the first stint and was faster than him, but just did not have the pace in the right spot to get past him. Thankfully we got that done through the pit stop sequence. We are really chasing a small window of performance and a small move in either direction can make a major difference. We just need to put our heads down overnight and see if we can find that little extra pace in the right spots tomorrow. Hopefully we will have a much better starting spot tomorrow and then get on with the job in the race. Today's race felt like it went really quickly. I am sure tomorrow will be a much longer day."
WHAT IRWIN RACING ENGINEER WES McDOUGALL HAS TO SAY:
"We did a solid job despite the issues in qualifying earlier in the day. We could not afford any mistakes and a reasonable result came as a result. We are really excited about tomorrow. We have some good tyres for qualifying and we have saved out softer set of race tyres for tomorrow. We actually kept a pretty good eye on the soft tyre strategy of the guys who used them today and maybe we can learn a bit from them."