IRWIN Racing Aims To Maintain Abu Dhabi Momentum At Clipsal 500
IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison is aiming to maintain the team's early season form and prove that his second place at Abu Dhabi was no fluke.
Having struggled in 2010, IRWIN Racing surprised many by qualifying third in the first race of the year and finishing in second place, Davison's first podium in almost 18 moths.
The introduction of the new IRWIN Ford at Tasmania last year and the considerable development over the course of the last three rounds of the 2010 season, and in the lead in to the Clipsal 500, have paid dividends.
The IRWIN Falcon was strong at the pre-season test day, it was one of the most competitive cars at Abu Dhabi and the team enjoyed one of its best ever tests at Queensland Raceway a fortnight ago.
Not wanting to rest on his laurels, and with 25 races still ahead of him, Davison and his engineer Daniel Kroehn will be working hard to continue development and go into this weekend's first Australian-based round at Adelaide's Clipsal 500 quietly confident.
Alex Davison currently sits second in the V8 Supercar driver's championship and IRWIN Racing, as part of Stone Brothers Racing, leads the team's championship
IRWIN Racing hits the Adelaide street circuit for its first session of the Clipsal 500 this Friday at 2.50pm (AEDST).
What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:
On maintaining IRWIN Racing's momentum at the Clipsal 500...
"IRWIN Racing had a great start to the year but it's really important that we start building momentum. We tested again recently and we confirmed a lot of the things that we did at Abu Dhabi were good and helped improve the IRWIN Ford. Development is going really well, the momentum is building and the IRWIN Ford keeps getting better and better. We are feeling confident with the car. Heading into Adelaide (for the Clipsal 500), our preparation has been really good, we want to keep things rolling. I am feeling quietly confident that we can have another result, but we'll see how it all pans out at Adelaide."
On proving the Abu Dhabi podium was no fluke ...
"People saying that Abu Dhabi was a fluke doesn't really impact me nor does it alter the way I am going about things. I don't go racing to keep those types of people happy. People that say it was a fluke are not closely involved with the team and don't know that facts. Our improved performance hasn't come out of no-where. As I've said, were we are at the moment started building at the end of last year. You don't fluke podiums, it just doesn't happen. Everyone associated with IRWIN Racing is working very hard to keep the momentum going. Whether we can do what we achieved at Abu Dhabi week in and week out is still yet to be proven. There are not many teams that can do it week in, week out, but we have made a really good start and we will continue to work hard hoping that the momentum that we created at Abu Dhabi does continue over the course of the season. That would be nice."
What IRWIN Engineer Daniel Kroehn had to say:
"We are really happy with how everything is coming together, we are confident we have a good (car) set-up to roll out of the truck with. You know you are going to be chasing the track over the course of the weekend but being confident in what you have before you start will make things a whole lot easier and productive in terms of squeezing out that last little bit to get you to the front of the field.
"We won't be involved in the first two practice sessions (lower 50% of the field), which makes it a little more challenging, but obviously it's the same for everyone else. It's always nice to have a little more time on track to iron out any small problems and get ahead but the SBR team has a car in the first two sessions (Tim Slade) and a development car on track, so anything that we need to know about the track will be translated direct onto the IRWIN car before we even start.
"For us, consolidating our points haul from Abu Dhabi will be our primary goal. We would ultimately like a couple of top five finishes. It's a long year ahead, everyone will have their good days and bad days, and hopefully we minimise the bad days, but there are always circumstances out of our control. Silverware and champagne is always the ultimate goal, but the first thing to do is finish the race in a strong position and we can then progress from there."
-source: irwin racing