Queensland: IRWIN Racing preview

IRWIN RACING LOOKS FOR A FORM REVERSAL IRWIN Racing heads to this weekend's V8 Supercar event at Queensland Raceway hoping to turn around its recent form and make an impact on the Championship. Alex Davison, driving the IRWIN Ford Falcon, has...

IRWIN RACING LOOKS FOR A FORM REVERSAL

IRWIN Racing heads to this weekend's V8 Supercar event at Queensland Raceway hoping to turn around its recent form and make an impact on the Championship.

Alex Davison, driving the IRWIN Ford Falcon, has shown glimpses of speed during the year - most recently in practice at the ITM400 in Hamilton, NZ, where he placed fifth.

Had he matched his Friday time in that weekend's twin qualifying sessions he would have started both races at the pointy end of the field.

Racing on his 'home' track, Davison is hoping for strong results in races nine and 10 of the V8 Championship and wants to improve his series standing. Davison, currently 19th, is a mere 90 points away from the top 15.

This weekend's event marks the first time that the Dunlop Soft Option tyre will be used exclusively across qualifying and all races.

Davison's podium in Darwin last year was achieved with strong pace and a superior sprint tyre strategy. While there is a question mark over how the tyres will wear over several hundred kilometres of track time, Davison is looking forward to racing on them.

What IRWIN Racing's Alex Davison had to say:

"I really enjoy racing on the sprint tyres although I don't think it will particularly change the order of the race. If you have a good car on the control tyres you'll have a good car on the soft tyres and vice versa. Being able to look after the tyres, particularly in the 200km race, will be very, very important. No one really knows exactly what will happen, it all comes down to strategy and tyre wear. I like the sprint tyre, you can go a bit harder, brake a little later and you can dive down the inside of people without the worry of going off the road. As for this weekend, the most important job is to qualify the car in the top 10. If we can achieve this, and it is possible, then I believe we can place inside the top 10 in both races. We've just got to get the consistency. If we can do this then we'll improve our championship standing."

What IRWIN Engineer David Stuart had to say:

"It's going to be a fascinating weekend. It doesn't happen very often that you go to a race weekend with a question mark on tyres. We've raced on soft option tyres in the past so they are not a complete unknown but we've never qualified on them or used them exclusively across the entire weekend. How will they hold up? I'm not sure yet, but as we tweak the cars and learn more about them I expect everyone will get faster as the event progresses. We were very competitive early in the Hamilton weekend but we were unable to take this form over the entire event. We've learnt a thing or two from the data, so we'll be working hard to get the IRWIN Ford into the top 10."

-source: irwin racing

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